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In the movie "Something big" with Dean Martin, Mr. Baker asks colonel's wife:

"Why'd you make him live all those years alone?"

What tense is that? Grammary suggest me:

Why'd you made him live all those years alone?

But I hear "make" as it writes in the subtitle.

Does it some with "should", as:

Why should you make him live all those years alone?

If I'm writing:

Why did you make him live all those years alone?

Grammarly there was no suggestion. But, if I'm writing:

Why'd you make him live all those years alone?

Grammarly corects to:

Why'd you made him live all those years alone?

If it is not "did", it can be only some modal, and I think it is "should" but I'm not sure and because I have just created this question.

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    Why'd you made him live all those years alone is ungrammatical. Was that a typo or actually what Grammarly (not "Grammary") suggested? If it was the actual suggestion, then it's an error. (But if it's just a typo, I don't see any difference at all between the original sentence and the suggested sentence.) – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Apr 26 at 18:19
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    Look at your second sentence and your fourth sentence. The only difference between them is that the second sentence uses make but the fourth sentence uses made. Are you saying that Grammarly suggests you use an ungrammatical sentence? – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Apr 26 at 18:50
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    @JasonBassford Why'd you made him live all those years alone is very much grammatical in Standard English assuming a correct interpretation of 'd. – userr2684291 Apr 26 at 20:42
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    @userr2684291 what do you see as the " correct interpretation of 'd"? I don't see any plausible meaning for "why'd" other than "why did" in this context. – David Siegel Apr 26 at 21:07
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    @DavidSiegel There is no context, so it can be either did or had. (The correct interpretation of 'd is had provided the sentence is indeed Why'd you made him...) – userr2684291 Apr 26 at 21:08
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This is shortened from:

Why did you make him live all those years alone?

The verb is make. The action of "making him live alone" occurred in the past, and is complete, as I understand this.

Why did you go to Florida last week?

is the same grammatical structure.

  • It is ok if it writes like that, Why did... . But Why'd you make him live all those years alone? Grammarly correct to Why'd you made him live all those years alone? – b2ok Apr 26 at 18:26
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    Grammarly is wrong. It is presumably failing to recognise "Why'd" as a rapid form of "Why did". Note that "Why'd" is not a conventional form like "I'm" or "he'd": 'd is a customary contraction of "had" or "would", but not of "did". – Colin Fine Apr 26 at 18:42
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    This just shows that automated tools such as Grammerly still have limits. Here is has "corrected" an unusual but valid form to one that is flatly wrong. – David Siegel Apr 26 at 18:58

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