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Did vs. Done: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sumera Saeed || Updated on October 19, 2023
"Did" is the past tense of "do," while "done" is the past participle form used with auxiliary verbs.

Key Differences

"Did" and "done" both derive from the verb "do," but they are used differently in sentences. "Did" functions as the simple past tense, indicating an action that was completed in the past. "Done," however, is the past participle form, which is typically paired with auxiliary verbs like "have" or "has."
Sumera Saeed
Oct 19, 2023
Consider the question "What did you do yesterday?". Here, "did" indicates a past action, specifically inquiring about an activity or event that took place. In contrast, "I have done my homework" employs "done" to signify an action that has been completed in relation to the present.
Sumera Saeed
Oct 19, 2023
In negative and interrogative constructions, "did" is commonly used. Examples include "Did you eat the cookies?" or "She didn't go to the store." On the other hand, "done" would be used in statements like "Has she done her chores?" or "The tasks haven't been done yet."
Sumera Saeed
Oct 19, 2023
"Did" stands on its own in the past simple tense, without the need for auxiliary verbs. For instance, "She did a great job." Conversely, "done" requires an auxiliary, as in "She has done a great job."
Sumera Saeed
Oct 19, 2023
To summarize, while both "did" and "done" stem from the verb "do," their grammatical functions and applications in sentences vary. "Did" is the straightforward past tense form, whereas "done" is the past participle necessitating an auxiliary verb for proper usage.
Sumera Saeed
Oct 19, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Grammatical Form

Simple Past
Past Participle
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Auxiliary Requirement

No (e.g., "She did.")
Yes (e.g., "She has done.")
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Usage in Questions

Common (e.g., "Did you go?")
Used with auxiliary (e.g., "Has she done it?")
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Usage in Negative

Common (e.g., "I didn't eat.")
With auxiliary (e.g., "It hasn't been done.")
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Standalone Ability

Yes, can stand alone in past tense
Requires an auxiliary verb
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Oct 19, 2023
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Did and Done Definitions

Did

Past tense of "do.
What did you say?
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Oct 19, 2023

Done

Used to indicate completion.
When you're done, let me know.
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Oct 19, 2023

Did

Emphasizes a statement in past.
I did complete the assignment on time.
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Oct 19, 2023

Done

Refers to something finished or decided.
The deal is done.
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Oct 19, 2023

Did

Used to form questions in past tense.
Did she come to the party?
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Oct 19, 2023

Done

Past participle of "do."
I've done the dishes.
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Oct 19, 2023

Did

Indicates a past action or event.
They did a fantastic performance.
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Oct 19, 2023

Done

Indicates an action's conclusion in relation to the present.
She has done her best.
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Oct 19, 2023

Did

Used in negative constructions in past tense.
I didn't know the answer.
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Oct 19, 2023

Done

Used to express being ready or prepared.
Dinner is done and ready to serve.
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Oct 19, 2023

Did

Past tense of do1.
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Dec 28, 2015

Done

Past participle of do1.
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Did

Past participle of do
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Done

Having been carried out or accomplished; finished
A done deed.
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FAQs

Can "did" be used without an auxiliary verb?

Yes, "did" stands alone in the simple past tense.
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Oct 19, 2023

What is the primary function of "did" in a sentence?

"Did" is the past tense of the verb "do" and indicates a past action or event.
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Oct 19, 2023

Does "done" always require an auxiliary verb?

Yes, "done" typically requires an auxiliary verb like "has" or "have."
Sumera Saeed
Oct 19, 2023

Can "did" be used to form negative sentences?

Yes, e.g., "She didn't go to the store."
Janet White
Oct 19, 2023

Which is used in the sentence: "She _____ her work." – "did" or "done"?

"She did her work."
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Oct 19, 2023

Can "did" and "done" be used interchangeably?

No, they have distinct grammatical functions.
Sara Rehman
Oct 19, 2023

Is "done" an adjective in "I am done"?

Yes, it functions as an adjective meaning finished or completed.
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Oct 19, 2023

How is "done" typically used in sentences?

"Done" is the past participle of "do" and is used with auxiliary verbs like "have" to indicate completion.
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Oct 19, 2023

Which verb form follows "did"?

The base form, e.g., "Did you eat?"
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Oct 19, 2023

How is "done" used in questions?

With an auxiliary, e.g., "Has she done her chores?"
Harlon Moss
Oct 19, 2023

How is "done" used to express readiness?

E.g., "The cake is done."
Sara Rehman
Oct 19, 2023

Can "did" be used to emphasize a statement?

Yes, e.g., "I did finish the job."
Aimie Carlson
Oct 19, 2023

Is "done" used in passive constructions?

Yes, with an auxiliary, e.g., "The job was done by her."
Harlon Moss
Oct 19, 2023

Can "did" function as a main verb?

Yes, as in "She did a great job."
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Oct 19, 2023

Which is correct: "I done it" or "I did it"?

"I did it" is correct.
Janet White
Oct 19, 2023

What is the interrogative form using "done"?

It's formed with an auxiliary, e.g., "Have you done the task?"
Sara Rehman
Oct 19, 2023

Which is correct: "She has did it" or "She has done it"?

"She has done it" is correct.
Sumera Saeed
Oct 19, 2023

What's the form for past simple negative with "do"?

"Didn't," e.g., "I didn't do it."
Harlon Moss
Oct 19, 2023

Is "did" used in present tense?

No, "did" is exclusively past tense.
Sumera Saeed
Oct 19, 2023

How do you form the negative with "done"?

With an auxiliary, e.g., "I haven't done it."
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Oct 19, 2023
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