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  1. blouen's Avatar
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    #1

    He might ...

    He might need to...
    He might needs to....

    * Which one's correct?

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    #2

    Re: He might ...

    He might need to

  3. blouen's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: He might ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi_there_Carl View Post
    He might need to
    That's what I'm used to say but:
    Why use a singular verb in this?


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    #4

    Re: He might ...

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    That's what I'm used to saying but:
    Why use a singular verb in this?
    What do you mean by "singular verb", Blouen?

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    #5

    Re: He might ...

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    What do you mean by "singular verb", Blouen?
    Oh sorry, I think I'm wrong there.
    What I mean is that why "need" not "needs" when our subject is "He"?


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    #6

    Re: He might ...

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Oh sorry, I think I'm wrong there.
    What I mean is that why "need" not "needs" when our subject is "He"?
    Because, in English, the verb that is attached to a modal verb is never inflected, nor is the modal itself.

    *He cans go.

    *He can goes.

    [* denotes ungrammatical]

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    #7

    Re: He might ...

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Because, in English, the verb that is attached to a modal verb is never inflected, nor is the modal itself.

    *He cans go.

    *He can goes.

    [* denotes ungrammatical]
    I see. I'm used to saying "He can go" but today I thought of answering the "why" that passed my mind. Thanks Riverkid!


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    #8

    Re: He might ...

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    I see. I'm used to saying "He can go" but today I thought of answering the "why" that passed my mind. Thanks Riverkid!
    You're welcome, B and as you are used to doing it right, then you've got it licked, as near as I can figgur!

    I don't know the reason why but I've gotten to a ripe old age without having that info under my belt so, again, as long as you're doin' it right, that's the ticket to success.

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