Difference Between Did and Done


Main Difference

First of all, Did is used only for Past Indefinite/Simple Tense to indicate something which is occurred recently. Did, the auxiliary verb, is considered to be the second form of Do and it is used to refer to anything thing which is over and has become the part of past, recent past. According to the grammatical rules for making sentences, Did can never be used for any other Tense rather than the Past Indefinite/Simple e.g. ‘I did my work yesterday’, ‘Did you do what you were asked to?’ As far the Interrogative Sentences are concerned, ‘Did’ is always used to ask ‘Affirmations’ or Confirmation for something, e.g. ‘Did she perform nicely.’ One thing must be kept in mind that ‘Did’ is followed by the First Form of Verb if there is only one Subject in the sentence. e.g. ‘Did you watch the match last night’? However, if you are to use the Subject more than once in the single sentence, you are bound to use the second form of verb for the second subject as well. e.g. ‘I did watch the movie and I liked it very much’. On the other hand, Done, the third form of ‘Do’, is named as Past Participle in grammatical terms. Unlike Did, the third form of Do never comes alone but it needs another helping verb to make a sensible sentence. In contrast to Did, Done can be seen in sentences of any Tense and will always be used after helping verb e.g. Is, Am, Are, Be, Has, Have, Had. This construction is used to describe about something which is completed either in the Present, Past or even Future as this word is Free from such restrictions as we have for Did. In Active Voice, ‘Done’ is always used to say that something is completed. e.g. ‘I have done my work’, ‘Students had done their home work before leaving for school.’

Comparison Chart

‘Did’ is the second form of ‘Do’.‘Done’ is the third form of ‘Do’.
‘Did’ is always used for Past Indefinite/Simple Tense‘Done’ is pliant and can be used in all Tenses.
‘Did’ indicates towards something which is over‘Done’ says that something is completed.
‘Did’ cannot be used in Passive sentences.‘Done’ can be used in both Voices – Active, Passive

Definition of Did

‘Did’ is the second form of Do. It is always used under Past Indefinite/Simple Tense. We employ ‘Did’ whenever to say that something is over in recent past. Did is considered as a helping/auxiliary verb and can also be used as an additional Word to form Interrogative sentence to seek Confirmation. e.g ‘Did you complete your assignment?’ The helping verb ‘Did’ can never be used in other Tenses like Present Indefinite, Perfect, Continuous and Future. It is only used in the Past Indefinite/Simple Tense.

Definition of Done

‘Done’ is the third form/past participle of ‘Do’. As a third form, it is relatively flexible and can be utilized under any Tense to indicate something which is completed. It can be used to say that some task is accomplished and it is always comes after the helping verbs such as ‘Is, Are, Am, Has, Have, Had, Be’. e.g. ‘Her work is done,’ ‘We have done our work’ etc.


Differences in a Nutshell

  1. ‘Did’ is the second form of ‘Do’ while ‘Done’ is the third form of ‘Do’.
  2. ‘Did’ is always used for Past Indefinite/Simple Tense, while ‘Done’ is pliant and can be used in all Tenses.
  3. ‘Did’ indicates towards something which is over, while ‘Done’ says that something is completed.
  4. ‘Done’ can be used in both Voices – Active, Passive -, while ‘Did’ cannot be used in Passive sentences.

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Did and Done are two terms which are most commonly used in English language but always creates some confusion among people who do not know much about them or have mistyped them. This article will have helped people in getting to know the main points on how they differ so they can use it properly next time.

Aimie Carlson

Aimie Carlson is an English language enthusiast who loves writing and has a master degree in English literature. Follow her on Twitter at @AimieCarlson

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