What did mummy told you?

Is this a correct sentence?

Or it should be:

What did mummy tell you?

Can you give an explanation why one or the other?

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    Because of your auxiliary verb "did" you should use the base form of the verb "tell". It is the same with other auxiliary verbs, i.e., we use the base form of the verbs when we have an auciliary whether in question or sentence. – user33000 Jun 10 '16 at 23:33
  • Technically, "mummy" isn't used in proper context, so no. @Sina is correct; "tell" would be the correct word in that sentence. – White Fang Jun 10 '16 at 23:45
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    It's "correct" if the speaker is about 2 years old! It's not correct if the speaker is anyone else, for example, a parent or grandparent. – Sydney Jun 10 '16 at 23:59
  • Who said it?... – user3169 Jun 11 '16 at 0:16

Your choices are

What had Mummy told you?
What did Mummy tell you?
What has Mummy told you?

you can figure this out by answering the questions

Mummy had told me that you were going to buy me a sweetie.
Mummy did tell me that you were going to buy me a sweetie.
Mummy has told me that you were going to buy me a sweetie.

If you used

Mummy did told me...
Mummy had tell me...
Mummy has tell me...

it would be incorrect.

In the case of a two year old, they would probably only say

Mummy told me you were going to buy me a sweetie. ( Where is it?! )

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    Why not "What has Mummy told you?" – ColleenV Jun 11 '16 at 2:24
  • @ColleenV Fair point, I was just echoing the choices given by the OP. – Peter Jun 11 '16 at 2:37
  • I read the sentence as a parental rhetorical question complete with a lot of eyebrow wiggling - "And what has Mummy told you about taking candy from strangers?" It may be an AmE difference, but I can't think of a situation where I would say "What had Mummy told you?" as a question. I might say "What was it that Mummy had told you?". – ColleenV Jun 11 '16 at 2:54

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