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    The "s" in Present Tense third Person

    Hello,

    I know that we should and I will follow the usage of correct grammar. However, what's the real purpose of the "s" in present tense third person? For example "she likes" without "s" would be completely understood the same way "I like", "you like", "they like", and "we like" would be. "Why can't English language do without it?

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    Re: The "s" in Present Tense third Person

    The language could do without it. We used more inflections with verbs in the past, then dropped some, but it wasn't done 100% consistently, leaving us with the third person singular form. Maybe we'll finish the job one day and get rid of it- some regional varieties use it less. It has no purpose now- in the past, when other forms inflected, it did.

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    Re: The "s" in Present Tense third Person

    It doesn't serve a purpose but I always remind learners of English that they should be grateful they only have to learn one little extra verb ending. When my students in Spain complained about it, I pointed out that I was having to learn 18 different present tense verb endings (6 for -er verbs, 6 for -ar verbs, and 6 for -ir verbs).

    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The "s" in Present Tense third Person

    Some dialects have lost the s. As a learner, you should learn and use it.
    I am not a teacher.

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