I've just read the next sentences:

'I wanted to see her again', John said.

'And you did, you did see her again', Jennifer said.

Why not say "you saw her again"?

  • At times, we use these verbs to emphasize or highlight. It's just that case!
    – Maulik V
    Nov 27, 2015 at 6:39
  • Aside from emphasis, people have different writing styles, i.e., choice of words, structure, etc. (Writing style - the manner in which an author chooses to write to his or her readers.)
    – shin
    Nov 27, 2015 at 6:42

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In this case the change is from an imperfect tense to a perfect tense - which emphasises that the seeing happened and was over. In context, it implies a greater degree of finality than (the grammatically correct) alternative, "you saw her again".

  • Sorry, what is an imperfect tense in English? Nov 27, 2015 at 7:01
  • It is just an emphatic do usage.
    – user24743
    Nov 27, 2015 at 7:12
  • There are several, the simplest is the past imperfect. more commonly known now as the past continuous now, apparently. (That change has snuck up me).
    – Euan M
    Nov 27, 2015 at 8:49
  • Yes, indeed. The past continuous looks like the imperfect in my language and in the other Latin (Romance) languages. Nov 27, 2015 at 10:07

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