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    need or needs

    hello

    i would like to know why the word needs is used instead of need in a sentence such as "everybody needs friends" , the "s" is confusing me.

    many thanks

    sureerat

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    Re: need or needs

    Quote Originally Posted by sureerat View Post
    hello

    I would like to know why the word needs is used instead of need in a sentence such as "everybody needs friends" , the "s" is confusing me.

    many thanks

    sureerat
    "everybody"is third person singular, the verb which follows takes an "s".

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    Re: need or needs

    Thank you very much

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    Re: need or needs

    Quote Originally Posted by sureerat View Post
    hello

    i would like to know why the word needs is used instead of need in a sentence such as "everybody needs friends" , the "s" is confusing me.

    many thanks

    sureerat

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) The moderator has given you the answer.

    (2) May I most respectfully remind you to look closely at the word.

    As you can see, there are two words: every + body. As you know, the word

    "body" needs an "s": A body needs food and sleep. ("body" sometimes means

    a person.)

    (a) Many years ago, the English people decided to change "every body"

    to "everybody." It has the same meaning as "everyone" [ every + one]

    or "every person."

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