"Did anybody said something?" is an incorrect sentence grammatically, but I don't get why.

This might be an excessively silly question, but I am new to the English Language.

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    Did anybody say something? is perfectly grammatical (but not a common question to ask). Your version is syntactically invalid because you've already inflected did for tense, so the associated main verb should be an unmarked infinitive. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jul 19 '16 at 12:14
  • Per the first comment on the original, You cannot have two finite forms in the same verbal unit. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jul 19 '16 at 12:17
  • if im not mistaken, you can keep the 'said' by saying "has anybody said something?" – downrep_nation Jul 19 '16 at 12:30
  • exactly @AlanCarmack – Boris Jul 20 '16 at 18:02

When adding a does/doesn't/did/didn't to a sentence, the main verb returns to it's base form (V1 instead of V2). That's why you say:

She didn't like me

And not

She didn't liked me

And that's why you ask:

Did he go to the gym?

And not

Did he went to the gym?

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  • and all these things are happening in past – Boris Jul 20 '16 at 13:47
  • Oh, you're right. I have given wrong examples. Let me fix that – Yotam Salmon Jul 20 '16 at 13:58
  • V1 and V2 have zero meaning to me and probably for most people, in this context . – Alan Carmack Jul 20 '16 at 14:57
  • @AlanCarmack Can you explain why they have zero meaning? – Yotam Salmon Jul 20 '16 at 15:09
  • @YotamSalmon It's zero meaning because you're showing a notation you only know because of what you were taught. You should add parentheses to explain away the notation you used. – Alejandro Jul 20 '16 at 15:45

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