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    Don't or Doesn't?

    Here's the following sentence:

    "Maybe those words don't/doesn't mean a lot to you."

    I know the "word" refers to the third person, therefore I should use "doesn't". However, I got confuse when sentences like that comes up. In this sentence we have the "word" in plural, what makes me think in "don't". am I right? Is my reasoning correct?

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    Re: Don't or Doesn't?

    The second part is. 'Words' is (third person) plural; the verb must therefore be 'don't'.

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    Re: Don't or Doesn't?

    Third person, like first and second, has both singular and plural.

    It does. They don't.

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    Re: Don't or Doesn't?

    Quote Originally Posted by Allan Martini Colombo View Post
    In this sentence we have the "word" in plural, what makes me think in "don't". am I right? Is my reasoning correct?
    This part is correct, though I would say it in something like the following way:

    In this sentence we have "words" in the plural, which makes me think "don't" is correct. Am I right?

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    Re: Don't or Doesn't?

    Quote Originally Posted by Allan Martini Colombo View Post
    Here's the following sentence:

    "Maybe those words don't/doesn't mean a lot to you."

    I know the "word" refers to the third person, therefore I should use "doesn't". However, I got confuse when sentences like that comes up. In this sentence we have the "word" in plural, what makes me think in "don't". am I right? Is my reasoning correct?
    Try simplifying the sentence and comparing the options:
    Words don't mean a lot.
    Words doesn't mean a lot.

    Which sentence looks correct?
    I am not a teacher.

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