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  • This is everyday grammar.

  • I'm Cav A and I'm Lucy.

  • Um, you know, covet.

  • I went to a cafe this morning and I heard a strange question.

  • What was it?

  • Did someone ask about your age?

  • No.

  • The server asked me Did you want cream for your coffee?

  • Oh, they use the simple past tense even though they were talking about the present.

  • The simple past tense is used for actions or situations that happened in the past.

  • These actions or situations are finished, right?

  • So why did the server then?

  • Say, Did you want cream for coffee?

  • Why didn't they say, Do you want cream for your coffee instead?

  • Sometimes Americans use the simple past tense off the verbs want and need, even though they're talking about the present.

  • Some speakers do this even though it goes against traditional grammar rules.

  • Okay, But I still don't get it.

  • And others might not either.

  • This is where culture comes in.

  • In American culture, it is often considered polite to speak in directly.

  • One way people speak indirectly is by using a past tense burb when asking about a present desire.

  • Oh, I see.

  • So Americans speak indirectly by using the construction did plus wand and did plus nein, right.

  • Americans don't really do it with other verbs.

  • It's a strange pattern and speaking, and that's everyday grammar.

This is everyday grammar.


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日常文法:禮貌的提議和簡單的過去式 (Everyday Grammar: Polite Offers & Simple Past Tense)

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    林宜悉 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日