You said VS You did say

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GabrieleJax

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Italian
Hi, I'm studying the English language.

Last week I was reading a story when I found two strange things: it was written "They do need" instead of "They need" and "You did say" instead of "You said". Is it correct? I've never seen these present and past forms in a English grammar book, so could anyone explain to me what is the difference between "They do need"/"You did say" and "They need"/"You said"?

Thanks
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    You need to tell us what the story is (and who it's by: a forum requirement) and - crucially in this case - when it was written, and when and where it is set. This use of 'do' is characteristic of centuries-old language and also some slightly more recent dialects, so we need examples and information.
     

    GabrieleJax

    New Member
    Italian
    The sentences are:

    1) "Scientists now think that teenagers really do need more sleep than adults"

    2) in an interview, the interviewer says " Joe, in a previous interview you did say that ...."

    I found these sentences in the book that I use to study English, it was written about 2 years ago
     
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