Where you found it.

Where did you found it.

In the question should I put "did"?


Where did you find it?

Yes, in such questions you should use the verb do. Note that after do you should use the bare form of the verb: find, not found. The verb do carries the Past Tense, being transformed into did, so there's no need for find to carry the Past Tense too. The two verbs work together, after all.

If you put this question into the Present Perfect, for example, you would need to use have:

Where have you found it?

Both do and have are "auxiliary verbs".

If you have a statement

I have found it! (Present Perfect)

..and you want to transform it into a question, then you have your auxiliary verb ready: it's have:

Where have you found it?

But if you have a statement

I found it! (Past Simple)

There's no auxiliary verb in it. But to pose a question you need an auxiliary verb! What to do? You have to use do. This is called "do-support":

Where did you find it?

So it all depends on whether there's an auxiliary verb of some kind in the statement you want to transform into a question. If there's no such verb, use do.

But there's an exception: in some questions, there's no need for an auxiliary verb:

  1. Who found it?
  2. How many people found it?

It's because the pronoun who serves as the subject of sentence 1, and the question words "how many" in sentence 2 refer to the subject of that sentence, which is people.

P.S. The clause

Where you found it.

Will not work as a question. It might be included into some sentence, like this:

Remember that golden coin? I visited the place where you found it, and found another.

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    "Where have found it" & "Where did you found it" are both incorrect. You wanted "Where have you found it?" and "Where did you find it? – Mark Williams Dec 12 '14 at 13:41
  • @MarkWilliams - indeed! Thanks for pointing out! I wonder who upvoted me. I'll try to make it right now (0: – CowperKettle Dec 12 '14 at 13:43
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    @CopperKettle Where did you found it? is correct when you're using the verb found [to set up or establish] which must not be confused with find [to locate] – blgt Dec 12 '14 at 16:35

Where will you find it? Where did you find it? Where have you found it? You can't have where you found it on it's own ; it would mean the place where you found it



"Where did you find it?" or "where have you found it?"

"Where you found it" refers to the place where you actually found it.

Eg: "Where you found it"

Put the jacket back where you found it.

  • I've changed the answer now. – Praveen Kishore Dec 12 '14 at 17:15
  • I like your explanation, simple and easy understanding. – bingo bin Dec 13 '14 at 1:53

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