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Originally posted by NJE777
okay, very silly trivial question here but I am puzzled.
The word didn't is two words joined by the apostrophe. It is not technically a word.
Now, I will put it in a sentence to demonstrate my question.
Why didn't you wash the car?
Now... lets do the sentence again without the apostrophe.
Why did not you wash the car?
It doesnt make sense! In fact it doesnt even gel... so whats that about?
Anyone here good with English grammar?
[edit on 29-7-2006 by NJE777]
In fact it doesnt even gel... so whats that about?
so whats that about?
okay, very silly trivial question here but I am puzzled
Without Contraction With Contraction
did not didn't
In order to change an affirmative statement into a negative Question, did is placed before the subject, not is placed after the subject, and the form of the verb is changed to the bare infinitive. However, when contractions are used, the contracted form of not follows immediately after the auxiliary did. For example:
Without Contractions With Contractions
Did I not work? Didn't I work?
Did you not work? Didn't you work?
Did he not work? Didn't he work?
Did she not work? Didn't she work?
Did it not work? Didn't it work?
Did we not work? Didn't we work?
Did they not work? Didn't they work?
Tag questions are formed using the auxiliary did. In the following examples, the negative tag questions are underlined. Contractions are usually used in negative tag questions.