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    Am I correct:

    'many don't like to study'(correct)
    'many doesn't like to study'(wrong)

    So, I say 'doesn't' is used to refer singular forms.
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    Another question:

    The peoples of Southeast Asia have an enduring culture.

    Why is 's' added to people here?

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    Default Re: A clarification

    You're right on the first one.
    Regarding the second: People is the plural of person, but when it referes to different types of people (i.e. thai, chinese, malays etc then we use peoples)

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    Default Re: A clarification

    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu View Post
    Am I correct:
    'many don't like to study'(correct)
    'many doesn't like to study'(wrong)
    So, I say 'doesn't' is used to refer singular forms.
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    Your examples are correct, but your explanation is not quite true. The word 'doesn't' is correct only for the third person singular. The irregular verb 'to do' is the auxiliary verb for the present simple tense, and is conjugated:

    I do (study)
    You (s) do (study)
    He DOES (study)
    We do (study)
    You (pl) do (study)
    They do (study)

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    Default Re: A clarification

    Oh thanks Coffa.What 'the irregular verb 'to do' ' is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu View Post
    Oh thanks Coffa.What 'the irregular verb 'to do' ' is?
    'To do' is the verb you use as an auxiliary when forming one version of the present simple tense. For example: "I DO study."

    I said it was 'irregular' because it does not follow the standard rules for conjugating an English verb. For example, to form the third person singular of the present simple tense of a regular verb, you add 's' to the infinitive form ('to see', 'he sees'). But for the verb 'to do', you add 'es', so it is an irregular verb.

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    Oh I got it.Thanks.

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