past simple questions – range

past simple questions – range

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Point 52 at B2 in the category of PAST simple QUESTIONS is defined as:

yes/no’, ‘wh-‘, tag and negative question forms with an increasing range of verbs.


There is great confusion trying to differentiate this across levels from other points on the EGP.

*Point 63 Past simple negative wide range of verbs and point 29 in Questions negative -WH are also B2 and overlap many of our examples here.

A greater problem is that the explanation and examples clash with A2 grammar: Point 11 in CLAUSES interrogatives FORM: negative interrogative. Even though RANGE is important to B2, the same verbs can be found in both points “tell’:

Didn’t I tell you?  (A2)

Didn’t you tell me that you had to go to Orleans today? (B2)

Obviously there is an added clause in the B2 example, but the description of point 52 does not say that.

Also, point 36 in the category of PAST at B1 this example: We arranged to meet each other next Tuesday at 11 o’clock, didn’t we? 

Point 81 in the category of PAST at C1 has this example. I told you about Peter and Mary, didn’t I?

Makes it very hard to understand the differences with the negative tags at B2. 


* did * ?

1 , DID YOU ? 3110
2 I DID THERE ? 2220
3 WE DID THERE ? 687
4 , DID IT ? 667
5 , DID HE ? 547
6 WHO DID IT ? 537
7 , DID THEY ? 515
8 YOU DID IT ? 439
9 , DID I ? 396
10 . DID YOU ? 370

*But there is no range to be found in the above. So we can try infinitive collocates up to 4 spaces to the left of the following pattern:
, did _p ?

1 KNOW 82
2 SEE 72
3 GET 71
4 WORK 64
5 SAY 49


6. EXPECT 

1 faveable.com Smart features: None. But, you didn’t expect it, did you?

6 themasterswitch.com  its definitely worth the scratch.See the Sony TA-ZH1ES # Didn’t expect this one , did you ?

9 offtackleempire.com as April. It’s the NCAA, you didn’t expect it today , did you ?
10 springfieldspringfield.co.uk  take this. (GRUNTS) Take that. You didn’t expect that , did you ?
11 mistyteahouse.com  It involves my UI. Naturally. You didn’t expect anything else , did you ? 

*these can be either point.


did * * * * ?

1 DID YOU FIND THIS HELPFUL ? 2490
2 DID THE STORY COME FROM ? 914
3 DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US ? 761
4 DID I DO SOMETHING WRONG ? 606


DID YOU THINK OF IT ?


6 DID YOU HAVE IN MIND ? 250
7 DID IT MAKE YOU FEEL ? 216
8 DID IT TAKE TO SHIP ? 216
9 DID IT COME TO THIS ? 214
10 DID YOU LEARN FROM IT ? 211
11 DID IT WORK FOR YOU ? 206
12 DID YOU DEAL WITH IT ? 205
13 DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL ? 204
14 DID IT TAKE SO LONG ? 196
15 DID YOU HEAR ABOUT TOPCASHBACK ? 194
16 DID YOU ENJOY THIS ARTICLE ? 192
17 DID IT ALL GO WRONG ? 181
18 DID I JUST SAY THAT ? 179
19 DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL ? 177
20 DID N’T YOU TELL ME ? 172
21 DID YOU MEAN BY THAT ? 170
22 DID I GET THAT RIGHT ? 168
23 DID THE IDEA COME FROM ? 152
24 DID YOU LIKE THIS ARTICLE ? 152
25 DID YOU DO ABOUT IT ? 150
26 DID YOU READ THE ARTICLE ? 148
27 DID YOU DO THAT FOR ? 141
28 DID YOU LIKE THIS POST ? 136
29 DID SIX MILLION REALLY DIE ? 132
30 DID THIS HAPPEN TO ME ? 131
31 DID I HAVE TO LOSE ? 129
32 DID YOU GET THAT FROM ? 125
33 DID YOU ENJOY THIS POST ? 124
34 DID I WAIT SO LONG ? 123
35 DID YOU GET IT FROM ? 117
36 DID YOU GET INTO IT ? 110
37 DID YOU THINK OF THAT ? 102
38 DID ANYONE WELCOME YOU PERSONALLY ? 101
39 DID YOU GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY ? 101
40 DID I GET MYSELF INTO ? 100
41 DID YOU DO FOR FUN ? 98
42 DID HE MEAN BY THAT ? 97
43 DID HE MEAN BY THIS ? 95
44 DID THE NAME COME FROM ? 94
45 DID YOU GO ABOUT IT ? 91
46 DID YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER ? 91
47 DID YOU COME UP WITH ? 89
48 DID YOU HEAR THE NEWS ? 88
49 DID I DO WRONG ? ? 81
50 DID I MAKE A MISTAKE ? 81
51 DID I GET IT RIGHT ? 80
52 DID YOU GET IN HERE ? 80
53 DID YOU GET YOUR START ? 80
54 DID YOU GO TO COLLEGE ? 80
55 DID I SPELL THAT RIGHT ? 78
56 DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN ? 78
57 DID THIS IDEA COME FROM ? 78
58 DID YOU FIND A SOLUTION ? 78
59 DID YOU GET THAT IDEA ? 78


DID YOU HANDLE THE SITUATION?

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If so, how did you handle the situation? In a live show, you can expect the unexpected.
May 3, 2020

61 DID I END UP HERE ? 73
62 DID THIS ANSWER YOUR QUESTION ? 73
63 DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR COURSE ? 73
64 DID YOU FIGURE IT OUT ? 73
65 DID N’T YOU SAY SO ? 72
66 DID YOU LIKE ABOUT IT ? 71
67 DID YOU LIKE THE MOST ? 71
68 DID I LEAVE ANYTHING OUT ? 70
69 DID I READ THAT RIGHT ? 70
70 DID I SAY THAT ALREADY ? 68
71 DID YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT ? 68
72 DID YOU GET ALL THAT ? 67
73 DID YOU LIKE THE BEST ? 67
74 DID IT COME TO BE ? 66
75 DID YOU THINK ABOUT IT ? 66


DID I MENTION IT’S FREE?

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Oh and did I mention it’s free? So perfect for your wallet. Load up the family in the car.
Aug 14, 2020

77 DID JAPAN ATTACK PEARL HARBOR ? 65
78 DID YOU FEEL ABOUT IT ? 65
79 DID YOU SLEEP LAST NIGHT ? 64
80 DID WE GET IT RIGHT ? 63
81 DID YOU DO WITH IT ? 63
82 DID YOU ENJOY THE MOST ? 63
83 DID YOU PAY FOR IT ? 63
84 DID NT YOU TELL ME ? 62


DID THIS MAKE YOU SMILE?


did _xx * * ?

The negatives are harder to find…

1 DID N’T YOU KNOW ? 187
2 DID N’T KNOW THAT ? 90
3 DID N’T LIKE IT ? 90
4 DID N’T WORK OUT ? 80
5 DID N’T DO IT ? 77
6 DID N’T KNOW BEFORE ? 72
7 DID N’T HAVE TO ? 69
8 DID N’T YOU HEAR ? 61
9 DID N’T MAKE IT ? 58
10 DID N’T KNOW ABOUT ? 57
11 DID N’T . WHY ? 52
12 DID N’T GET IT ? 52
13 DID N’T IT WORK ? 52
14 DID N’T KNOW IT ? 41
15 DID N’T WANT TO ? 39


DIDN’T SHOW UP?

*This is not in the usual question word order.


17 DID NOT . WHY ? 36
18 DID N’T GO WELL ? 35
19 DID N’T YOU LIKE ? 35
20 DID N’T ALREADY KNOW ? 34
21 DID N’T DO ANYTHING ? 31
22 DID N’T TELL YOU ? 31
23 DID N’T SEE IT ? 30
24 DID N’T DO THAT ? 29
25 DID N’T KNOW HOW ? 25
26 DID N’T YOU UNDERSTAND ? 25
27 DID N’T WE ALL ? 24
28 DID N’T SAY ANYTHING ? 22
29 DID N’T TELL ME ? 22
30 DID NOT KNOW BEFORE ? 22
31 DID N’T YOU ? ? 21
32 DID N’T HAVE BEFORE ? 19
33 DID N’T HAVE ONE ? 19
34 DID N’T DO THIS ? 18
35 DID N’T HAVE IT ? 18
36 DID N’T LIKE ME ? 17
37 DID N’T REALIZE IT ? 17
38 DID N’T THEY KNOW ? 17
39 DID N’T YOU ! ? 17
40 DID N’T YOU NOTICE ? 17
41 DID NOT HAVE BEFORE ? 17
42 DID N’T LIKE THEM ? 16
43 DID N’T MENTION HERE ? 16
44 DID NOT DO IT ? 16
45 DID N’T , RIGHT ? 15
46 DID N’T IT HAPPEN ? 15
47 DID N’T KNOW THIS ? 15
48 DID N’T YOU CALL ? 15
49 DID N’T YOU SAY ? 15
50 DID N’T HAVE ANY ? 14
51 DID N’T IT ? ? 14
52 DID N’T MEAN TO ? 14
53 DID NOT KNOW IT ? 14
54 DID NOT SEE IT ? 14
55 DID N’T YOU SEE ? 13
56 DID NOT ALREADY KNOW ? 13
57 DID NOT GO WELL ? 13
58 DID NOT WORK WELL ? 13
59 DID N’T FIND IT ? 12
60 DID N’T GET IN ? 12
61 DID N’T KNOW EXISTED ? 12
62 DID N’T SEE THEM ? 12
63 DID N’T TELL THEM ? 12
64 DID N’T WORK ? ? 12
65 DID NOT RECEIVE IT ? 12
66 DID NOT TAKE PLACE ? 12
67 DID N’T ASK FOR ? 11
68 DID N’T EXIST BEFORE ? 11
69 DID N’T FIND ANYTHING ? 11
70 DID N’T MAKE SENSE ? 11
71 DID N’T MEAN IT ? 11
72 DID N’T THAT WORK ? 11
73 DID N’T THIS HAPPEN ? 11
74 DID N’T USE IT ? 11
75 DID N’T WORK RIGHT ? 11
76 DID N’T YOU STOP ? 11
77 DID NOT ISRAEL KNOW ? 11
78 DID N’T . ? 10
79 DID N’T BUY IT ? 10
80 DID N’T COME BACK ? 10
81 DID N’T COVER HERE ? 10
82 DID N’T EVEN EXIST ? 10
83 DID N’T GET ONE ? 10
84 DID N’T GO THROUGH ? 10
85 DID N’T KNOW THEN ? 10
86 DID N’T LIKE THAT ? 10
87 DID N’T NEED IT ? 10
88 DID N’T PAN OUT ? 10
89 DID N’T SEE COMING ? 10
90 DID N’T TAKE IT ? 10

91 DID N’T THINK OF ? 10

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