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    Regarding confusing usage of "s"

    Dear friends, my question rather confusion regarding "s" is about its usage with the words which comes right after doesn't, shouldn't, didn't, wouldn't in sentences. For example: "Money doesn't make sense". In this sentence word "make" is without "s" (make). But I've seen people saying: "It doesn't makes sense". Here in this sentence word make is with "s" (makes). These are just two examples to illustrate and tell my confusion to you. But the same is true for words which comes just after didn't, don't, wouldn't etc.

    So my question is how we choose which is third person singular in these type of sentences ? Would be happy if I get reply in detail.

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    Re: Regarding confusing usage of "s"

    Not a teacher.
    But I've seen people saying: "It doesn't makes sense". Here in this sentence word make is with "s" (makes)
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    Maybe the 's' you heard is in the word sense'pronunciation because I've never seen this sentence before.

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    Re: Regarding confusing usage of "s"

    If you have a form of the verb "to do" then the main verb will be in the infinitive (without the "to").

    If you have did/do/does/didn't/don't etc., etc., then the main verb won't have the S.

    If you heard it, the person either mis-spoke or you mis-heard.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Regarding confusing usage of "s"

    As far as I know, the word "s" never comes after modals (can, may, must, shall, will) or (would, could, should, etc) or auxiliary (do, does, did). The word "s"only comes if the subject the third person (she, he) and the sentences are in the present tense.

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    Re: Regarding confusing usage of "s"

    Quote Originally Posted by nuharani View Post
    As far as I know, the word "s" never comes after modals (can, may, must, shall, will) or (would, could, should, etc) or auxiliary (do, does, did). The word "s"only comes if the subject the third person (she, he) and the sentences are in the present tense.
    'Does'='do'+'s'
    So it's not true that 's' never comes with auxiliary verbs.

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    Re: Regarding confusing usage of "s"

    No, nuharani said it doesn't come AFTER those verbs, not that those verbs can't have them. "To do" clearly has the third-person singular form of "does" as listed in nuharani's examples.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Regarding confusing usage of "s"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No, nuharani said it doesn't come AFTER those verbs, not that those verbs can't have them. "To do" clearly has the third-person singular form of "does" as listed in nuharani's examples.
    You're right. One sometimes thinks they understand better and they don't

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    Re: Regarding confusing usage of "s"

    Quote Originally Posted by razer View Post
    Dear friends, my question rather confusion regarding "s" is about its usage with the words which comes right after doesn't, shouldn't, didn't, wouldn't in sentences. For example: "Money doesn't make sense". In this sentence word "make" is without "s" (make). But I've seen people saying: "It doesn't makes sense". Here in this sentence word make is with "s" (makes). These are just two examples to illustrate and tell my confusion to you. But the same is true for words which comes just after didn't, don't, wouldn't etc.

    So my question is how we choose which is third person singular in these type of sentences ? Would be happy if I get reply in detail.

    Thanks
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Razer: Some people say English is an easy language. Of course. it is not. But as the other posters have told you, this is one time in which it is easy: NEVER, EVER use "s" after so-called auxililary verbs such as "do," "does," or "did"; NEVER, EVER use "s" after so-called "modals" such as "may," might,
    " "can," "could," "will," "shall," "should," etc. Just remember this easy rule, and you will NEVER make this kind of mistake. People who don't follow this rule simply don't know English. Thank you.

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