Learn to Speak English Easily: Use of ‘did’

Learn to speak English easily through the TLP Spoken English Course. The course is designed specially to facilitate self-learning. It is organised into units to help you learn step by step in a simple, systematic and in an easy way. To be able to speak fluently you should go through all the units and do the exercises. To know more you can read: How to Use the Course Content?


In the previous unit you have learnt the Use of ‘do’ and ‘does’ and in this unit you will learn the “Use of ‘did'”.

Did’ is the past tense of ‘do’ and ‘does’. We use ‘did‘ to talk in reference to the past.

  • To talk about a task performed, carried out or completed.

I did a lot of work.
He did the painting.
They did the cleaning.
Rajesh did a good job.

Sometimes ‘did’ is used with ‘do’ in a sentence. This is in relation to some work activity. Such usage can come in negative sentences and also in questions.

They didn’t do anything wrong.
I didn’t do my work yet.
Did Sheela do yoga?
What did you do on Sunday?
When did you do gardening last time?

Use of ‘did’ for emphasis

  • For emphasis we use ‘did’ with a main verb.

I did beat him.
She did sing well.
They did collect a lot of money.

Negative and Negative Contracted Forms of ‘did’

Positive Form Negative Form Negative Contracted Form.
did did not didn’t (pronounced as ‘dint’)

Use of ‘didn’t

I didn’t take any leave.
He didn’t prepare well for the interview.
They didn’t like the food.


Write more sentences using the examples, which you can use in your day-to-day conversation on your own and practice orally.

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