Sunday, January 11, 2015

done/did: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Sunday, January 11, 2015

The past participle of “do” is “done,” so it’s not “they have did what they promised not to do” but “they have done. . . .” But without a helping verb, the word is “did.” Nonstandard: “I done good on the test.” Standard: “I did well on the test.”

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