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    Confusion regarding the usage of "S" here

    Chums, I'm slightly confuse regarding the usage of "S" in this sentence with the words "lose(s)" and "open(s). I need your help rather "confirmation" to figure out I've used it correctly. I believe "s" will come but I'd like to use it only after your confirmation. So please check it and tell me your views. Here is the sentence

    Sentence: "Labour party loses million votes everytime Mr Brown opens his mouth."

    Is it right to use "s" with the word lose and open ? What if the sentence contains two, three names more along with Mr. brown ? Does opens become open ?

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    Re: Confusion regarding the usage of "S" here

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    The Labour Party loses millions of votes, everytime Mr. Brown opens his mouth.

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    Re: Confusion regarding the usage of "S" here

    Yes, both 'loses' and 'opens' are correct here.
    Yes, if you added more names in addition to Mr.Brown, you would change 'opens' to 'open'.

    (I am not a teacher.)

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    Re: Confusion regarding the usage of "S" here

    Thanks for your reply. Would be more helpful if reply had come from English teacher or native speaker. Waiting for any of them to reply.

    Edit: This reply was addressed to the person who replied first

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    Re: Confusion regarding the usage of "S" here

    Quote Originally Posted by zjennin View Post
    Yes, both 'loses' and 'opens' are correct here.
    Yes, if you added more names in addition to Mr.Brown, you would change 'opens' to 'open'.

    (I am not a teacher.)
    I also think along the same line

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    Re: Confusion regarding the usage of "S" here

    Quote Originally Posted by razer View Post
    Chums, I'm slightly confuse regarding the usage of "S" in this sentence with the words "lose(s)" and "open(s). I need your help rather "confirmation" to figure out I've used it correctly. I believe "s" will come but I'd like to use it only after your confirmation. So please check it and tell me your views. Here is the sentence

    Sentence: "Labour party loses million votes everytime Mr Brown opens his mouth."

    Is it right to use "s" with the word lose and open ? What if the sentence contains two, three names more along with Mr. brown ? Does opens become open ?

    Thanks

    You're quite right. The Labour party is singular, so it's followed by "loses" Same for Mr. Brown - he's one person, so we use "opens"

    Once we're into plural nouns, we don't use the "s".

    The Labour party loses votes every time Brown opens his mouth.

    The other parties lose votes every time Cameron and Clegg open their mouths.


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    Re: Confusion regarding the usage of "S" here

    Quote Originally Posted by razer View Post
    Thanks for your reply. Would be more helpful if reply had come from English teacher or native speaker. Waiting for any of them to reply.

    I realize that this is a forum called "ask a teacher", but many of the contributors here while possibly not being a teacher as such, have enormous knowledge of English also. They might just not want to show their profession on the forum.


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    Re: Confusion regarding the usage of "S" here

    Since the answers provided were all correct, it seems that the professional teachers felt there was no need to intervene.

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