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    Verb tense after "that"

    I was writing an email to a teacher and then caught myself with this confusing question.

    "Or does that only applies if I were to find length/magnitude, not vector?"
    "Or does that only apply if I were to find length/magnitude, not vector?"

    Which one is correct? Please reply with an explanation too. Thanks

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    Re: Verb tense after "that"

    [QUOTE=randy121294;1072052]I was writing an email to a teacher and then caught myself with this confusing question.


    "Or does that only apply if I were to find length/magnitude, not vector?" is correct.

    When asking a question, we use the first-person-singular form of a verb.

    Does that apply to all situations?
    Will (she)(you)(they) apply to attend university?
    (Does she)(Do you)(Do they) have enough money for university?

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    Re: Verb tense after "that"

    While I don't disagree with what you have written, in my experience, the form of the main verb after do/does is usually described as the base form or the bare infinitive form of the verb. I think introducing person and number into that could be confusing, especially with third person subjects.

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    Re: Verb tense after "that"

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    While I don't disagree with what you have written, in my experience, the form of the main verb after do/does is usually described as the base form or the bare infinitive form of the verb. I think introducing person and number into that could be confusing, especially with third person subjects.
    Of course the first-person-singular form is the base form, so they are two names for the same thing.

    'go'
    I go there often.
    Does she go there often?
    Do they go there often?

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