Asking a question about the past using the present tense

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I would like to understand why the following is done in English:

why do we often phrase a question regarding a past event

using the present tense while we answer the question with the past tense?

 

Example:

Q:

"Did you go to France this year?"

Note the words 'you go' are in the present tense.

A:

A possible answer might be:

"I went to France in May."

Note the words "I went" are in the past tense.

 

Can someone explain why we can use the present tense to ask the question while we use the past tense to answer the same question?

 

Thank you,

artistnatural

Swartz Creek Michigan

edited Aug 29 '12 at 03:57 artistnatural New member

2 answers


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they are followed by first form of verb which he termed as base form.

link comment answered Jun 28 '16 at 23:06 Muhammad Zaid New member
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This maybe another way to explain why?

 

Example:
Q:
"Did you go to France this year?"
Note the words 'you go' are in the present tense. 

'Did' is past tense of Do/Does.

A:
A possible answer might be:
"I went to France in May."

or

"I did go to France in May."
 

So, 'did go' = 'went'.

link comment answered Jan 20 at 02:18 zinnyf8h New member

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