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Consider the following two statements, and the tenses.

  • Did you win?
  • You just won.

But what about *Did you just __ a camera*? Would it be followed by win or won?

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What makes you think the word ‘just’ makes any difference? In “did you win”, win is not a present form; it’s an infinitive. You cannot have two finite forms in the same verbal unit. Also, e.g. means ‘for example’ (Latin exemplī grātiā ‘for the sake of an example’), so for e.g. means ‘for for example’ and does not make sense. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 27 at 1:17
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I wasn't sure, that's why I'm posting a question.. and wow... this community is pretty harsh in the way downvotes are given –  Null Reference Exception Mar 27 at 1:18
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When questions show no sign of any research or effort on the part of the asker to find an answer to the question before asking here, then yes. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 27 at 1:19
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Some people are probably reacting negatively to the assertion that “Did you win?” is in the present tense, because did is the simple past form of to do. –  Bradd Szonye Mar 27 at 3:40
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I believe a mod edited my question. –  Null Reference Exception Mar 27 at 4:54

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Did you win? is asking about the past. It is the past tense of do. Rearranging the words yields you did win, which is, essentially, you won. There is no need for a double of the past tense (you did won).

You just won is the same as the above, with the simple addition of a slight modifier, just.

Did you just win a camera? Rearranging the words: You did just win a camera = (remember, there is no need for a double past tense) you just won a camera.

Did you just won is two simple past tenses. There is no construction with did such as this in English. The correct construction is in the bold above.

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Thanks for the explanation –  Null Reference Exception Mar 27 at 4:54
    
@the8thbit - happy to help. :) –  medica Mar 27 at 4:56
    
Alternatively you could say: Have you just won a camera? –  Mari-Lou A Mar 29 at 20:19

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