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  1. B45
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    My forum member calls me ignorant and stupid when I defended Caitlyn Jenner's transfo

    My forum member calls me ignorant and stupid when I defended Caitlyn Jenner's transformation. I say:

    What does my character and intelligence have to do with anything?

    Why is it does and not do? Is it because does is aiding my and not character and intelligence?

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    Re: My forum member calls me ignorant and stupid when I defended Caitlyn Jenner's tra

    I would use "do".

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    Re: My forum member calls me ignorant and stupid when I defended Caitlyn Jenner's tra

    Would you say does is ungrammatical?

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    Re: My forum member calls me ignorant and stupid when I defended Caitlyn Jenner's tra

    For me, it does not match the subject in number, but I suspect many people would use it.

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    Re: My forum member calls me ignorant and stupid when I defended Caitlyn Jenner's tra

    If it doesn't match the subject in number than it's grammatically wrong. Would native speakers use it as well?

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    Re: My forum member calls me ignorant and stupid when I defended Caitlyn Jenner's tra

    Yes, I believe they would. Native speakers don't always go by the book. You need "then" instead of "than".

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    Re: My forum member calls me ignorant and stupid when I defended Caitlyn Jenner's tra

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    Yes, I believe they would. Native speakers don't always go by the book. You need "then" instead of "than".
    If it doesn't match the subject in number then it's grammatically wrong.

    I guess native speakers would use the singular instead of the plural when the subjects not as different or I don't know what the case is..? But still doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of having grammar altogether?

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    Re: My forum member calls me ignorant and stupid when I defended Caitlyn Jenner's tra

    Subject-verb agreement is not set in stone and does not determine the entirety of grammar.

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    Re: My forum member calls me ignorant and stupid when I defended Caitlyn Jenner's tra

    I understand that it doesn't represent all of grammar but what's the point of having rules if even native speakers don't follow it?

    So, my question is simply this - is the underlined sentence grammatical?

    What does my character and intelligence have to do with anything?
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    Asked and answered.

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