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    "Now, he need[S] 3 cards...Why need [S]???

    Hi, I'm high school student in Taiwan. I have a question. I am grateful for your help.

    In my homework I wrote: "Now he need 3 cards." but my teacher correct to "Now he needs 3 cards".

    I want to ask, why I need the s on need?

    Many Thanks!

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    Re: "Now, he need[S] 3 cards...Why need [S]???

    NOT A TEACHER

    Welcome to UsingEnglish.

    When the subject of a sentence is third person singular, its verb takes an "s" in the present tense.

    Therefore:

    Singular:
    1st person: I need
    2nd person: you need
    3rd person: he, she, it needs
    Plural:
    1st person: we need
    2nd person: you need
    3rd person: they need

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    Re: "Now, he need[S] 3 cards...Why need [S]???

    NEED can function, in some contexts, as a modal verb: He needn't come tomorrow". In your sentence, however, it functions as a full (lexical) verb. As such, it needs the normal third person singular -(e)s ending. Here are some ways in which NEED is used as a modal and as a lexical verb

    He needs three cards.
    He needn't three cards.
    He doesn't need three cards,
    He needs to take three cards
    He doesn't need to take three cards.
    He needn't take three cards.

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