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    Default Re: to have "s" or not to have "s"

    welcome, Rou.

    I agree. 2. is correct. 1. is ungrammatical:

    1. Rou seldom tell jokes.
    2. Rou seldom tells jokes.

    The reason 2. sounds odd to you may have to do with the position of the ver "tells". In English, the verb usually comes directly after the subject:

    EX: Rou tells jokes.

    The subject "Rou" agrees in number with the verb "tells" (-s on 3rd person singular verbs). Both the subject and the verb are singular. Here's a plural version:

    EX: Rou and Casiopea tell jokes.

    The subject "Rou and Casiopea" is plural and so it agrees in number with the plural verb "tell" (no -s on plural verbs).

    Add in the adverb "seldom" and the verb "tells" looks out of place:

    EX: Rou seldom tells jokes.
    EX: Rou tells jokes.

    Hope that helps.

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    Default to have "s" or not to have "s"

    I feel rather silly having to ask, but fortunately if I blush you probably would not know, so here I go:

    Which of the following is correct?

    1. Rou seldom tell jokes.
    2. Rou seldom tells jokes.

    If I have to bet money on it, I think I'd probably choose 2; but since I don't, I must say that to have "tells" sounds rather strange to me - and I just can't shake off the feeling, that's why I asked.

    Anyone?

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    Default Re: to have "s" or not to have "s"

    Of course you should choose 2.

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