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    Regarding the usage of "don't" and "doesn't"

    Hi friends, I often get confuse regarding the usage of don't and doesn't. Can somebody help me to understand their basic diffrence and usage ? I mean can you told me something by which I don't get confuse. Both are used for present tense I know. But sometime it becomes messy, you know. Here I'm giving an e.g. : it doesn't matter or it don't matter ? But sounds correct, isn't it ?

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    Re: Regarding the usage of "don't" and "doesn't"

    Hi-
    • don't is used for the personal subject pronouns (I, you, they and we)
    • don't is used for plural nouns
    • doesn't is used for third person (he, she, it)
    • doesn't is used for singular /uncountable nouns
    I hope this helps


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    Re: Regarding the usage of "don't" and "doesn't"

    In the same way we say 'I am', and 'he is', and 'they are', the verb 'to do' changes depending on the pronoun/noun:
    I am, I do, I don't

    he/she/it is
    he/she/it does
    he, she, it doesn't

    we, they are
    we, they do
    we, they don't

    So - 'it doesn't matter' is correct. When you hear someone say, 'it don't', they are showing they are 'uneducated'.

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    Re: Regarding the usage of "don't" and "doesn't"

    "Don't" is for all pronouns except he, she, it, one, who... (3rd person singulars) which require "doesn't".


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    Re: Regarding the usage of "don't" and "doesn't"

    Razer,

    now all you need to do to make sure that you do not get confused by 'don't' and 'doesn't' is to PRACTISE, PRACTISE and PRACTISE!

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