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.
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!
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!