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    My mother lets us eat

    My mother lets us eat whatever we like.

    Why have we not used "likes" instead of "like"? My understanding is that we use "s" or "es" with verbs in present tense.
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    #2

    Re: My mother lets us eat

    Because 'we' is a first person pronoun.
    'Likes' should be used if the subject is a singular third person pronoun such as 'he' and 'she'.

    See http://www.grammar.cl/Present/Verbs_Third_Person.htm
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    Re: My mother lets us eat

    If your understanding comes from a grammar book, then take great care with it before accepting what it says. I have seen many mistakes in grammars, but few as basic as this- we do not add -s to verbs after we.

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    #4

    Re: My mother lets us eat

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    My understanding is that ....

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

    Please remember, Suniljain:

    1. We use "s" with verbs in the present tense if we are referring to the third person (she, he, it) in an affirmative sentence.

    a. Suniljain likes English.

    2. We do NOT use it in questions: Does Suniljain like English?

    3. We do NOT use it in the negative: Suniljain does not speak the language that is spoken on Jupiter.

    3. We do NOT use it after a modal: Suniljain can speak many languages.

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    Re: My mother lets us eat

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If your understanding comes from a grammar book, then take great care with it before accepting what it says. I have seen many mistakes in grammars, but few as basic as this- we do not add -s to verbs after we.
    Thanks. I realized the mistake after my posting.

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    Re: My mother lets us eat

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    I realized the mistake after my posting.
    That's normally the time when I realize mine.

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    #7

    Re: My mother lets us eat

    Thank goodness for the Edit Post feature.

    Have you tried that yet, suniljain?

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    #8

    Re: My mother lets us eat

    Nope

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    Re: My mother lets us eat

    I'll tell you what: try it now to change 'Nope' to 'Yay — it works!'

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    #10

    Re: My mother lets us eat

    Thank you

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