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    #1

    does father has or have

    - Does father have breakfast prepared for him, for tomorrow?

    Although father is a singular subject, it sounds better with have than has. Please help me to understand the grammar rule behind this.

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    Re: does father has or have

    "Does" is an auxiliary (helping) verb. With auxiliary verbs, you don't conjugate the main verb, you use the bare infinitive.

    "He has breakfast prepared," but "he does have breakfast prepared."

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    Re: does father has or have

    Thank you, SoothingDave. So sorry that I don't understand your explanation.

    What do you mean by "with auxiliary verbs, you don't conjugate the main verb...." Can you explain with even simpler words?

    Sorry and thank you.

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    Re: does father has or have

    After "does" (an auxiliary verb), use the infinitive form of the verb.

    He has breakfast.
    Does he have breakfast?

    He plays tennis?
    Does he play tennis?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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