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. Mar 27, 2014 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 Mar 27, 2014 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. Mar 27, 2014 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. Mar 27, 2014 at 3:40
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    I believe a mod edited my question. Mar 27, 2014 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.

  • @the8thbit - happy to help. :) Mar 27, 2014 at 4:56
  • Alternatively you could say: Have you just won a camera?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Mar 29, 2014 at 20:19

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