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"An dtagtá?"

Translation:Did you use to come?

November 9, 2014



Welp, I thought that "Did you USED to come" sounded weird but was grammatically correct...guess I don't even know my first language very well.


Nah. You know your first language perfectly. But it's also 100% true that your first language isn't standard English.


Agh, "standard English." Is it anyone's first language? Maybe, if one's parents are English professors or something. Though I suppose it's more of a dialect than a language. I'd bet money that more (proportionately, at least) non-native English speakers use SE than do native speakers.

But, yeah, I looked it up, and "use" is the correct form when preceded by "did/didn't". Why? Because ENGLISH. Guess I learned something today.

But--wait a minute. Why is the answer shown above "Did you USED to come?" Something got messed up.


Because the answer shown above is an error. One wouldn’t say e.g. “Did you wanted to come?” — one would say “Did you want to come?”. When “do” is used as an auxiliary verb in a question, it’s finite, and gets conjugated; the following verb is an infinitive, remaining unconjugated.

EDIT: The answer shown above has since been corrected.


Speaking v. writing. They sound (almost) the same, so the issue for most of us is how to spell it. Grammatically, of course it makes sense that "you used to" becomes "did you use to," but when you're speaking, it doesn't matter. (If you're conscious of the "d," you might treat the d-t combination slightly differently, but it makes no difference in comprehension.) It's like "should've" and "should of." The second is incorrect and doesn't make sense, but most people have never thought about it because they sound the same. If people read more....


There is at least one linguistic analysis (Kayne 1997, if you're interested in the paper) that suggests 'should of' is correct ('of' is a complementizer, according to it) for some dialects of English.

But, yes, there is a difference between speaking and writing. Speech is language, whereas writing is a representation of it that often doesn't correspond well, due to historical reasons (spelling not changing with pronunciation changes). Plus, writing must be learned, whereas speaking will be acquired regardless, assuming normal conditions. And, really, it has nothing to do with reading and more to do with the concept of linguistic register, which I wish was taught in schools.


A very interesting discussion, thanks guys!

Especially given that the imperfect and conditional forms, covered right at the end of the duolingo course, have next to no audio examples. So I'm grappling with learning to read and write them, but I've no notion how to pronounce some of them!


My brain refused to read that as anything except for "Kanye 1997", which is a most interesting research paper, indeed.


Very interesting discussion guys, thank you!

Especially given that the imperfect and conditional skills, covered right at the end of the duolingo course, have next to no audio examples included. So I'm grappling away with learning to read and write things, with little to no notion how to pronounce some of them!


The funny thing is I came here to ask if the correct answer should be changed from 'use' to 'used'. Did you use to sounds weird to me. Perhaps 'Used you to come?' or 'Did you always use to come?' would sound better?


Do you really hear a difference between "did you use to" and "did you used to"? You would say "did you give" rather than "did you gave." It's the same principle.


I just reread it and realised I didn't catch the right pronunciation. I was reading it with the pronunciation for 'I use the tram every day' as opposed to use pronounced similarly to 'yous'.


I am Dublin and in Question form, "use to" makes 100% sense to me. I don't think I have ever heard anyone use "Used to" in question form.

Did you use to go to st marys school? I used to yeah.

Never "did you used to go to st marys", I'd hear the difference, yews-to, and yewsed ti (the to changes in both, i dunno why).


"Did you use" or "Did you used"? Who knows, certainly not actual linguists: https://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2756 Also https://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2542


I'm not disputing that it's technically correct, but this is very obscure in England. It is not a naturalised or widely used way of putting it. "Did you used to" is absolutely standard English, and therefore not wrong. Languages evolve. And my background and subsequent writing career is about as academic as you can get, I have no need to lie or have any axe to grind about English usage.


You have a "hanging comment". I can guess which comment you're replying to, but if you want to reply to a post, hit the reply button under the post that you want to reply to, please.

"I ate" - "did you eat?"
"I ran" - "did you run?"
"I had to do it" - "did you have to do it?"
"I used glue" - "did you use glue?"
"I used to run" - "did you use to run?"

"could of", for exactly the same reason ("it sounds right"), has also become "naturalised and widely used", but it is still objectively and demonstrably wrong.


Did you want to? Did you use to? I wanted to. I used to.

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