[Grammar] Regarding the use of ''s''

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Sentence: ''Why do unbearable 'internet Goebbels' expect other people to agree with their leanings ?''

Question: Does the word 'expect' need to have 's' at its end? Should it be 'expects' instead of 'expect' ?

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Sentence: ''Why do unbearable 'internet Goebbels' expect other people to agree with their leanings ?''

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No. It's "Why do these people expect ...?"

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Sir, may I know the reason why? Is it because of the verb "do"? Because the word Goebbels is not a plural. The word Geobbels has "s" at its end naturally, it is not pluralize in my sentence. Or is it appears/sounds pluralize in my sentence?

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Sir, may I know the reason why? Is it because of the verb "do"? Because the word Goebbels is not a plural. The word Geobbels has "s" at its end naturally, it is not pluralize in my sentence. Or is it appears/sounds pluralize in my sentence?

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Did you read 5jj's post?
 

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No. It's "Why do these people expect ...?"

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Thanks. But I don't want to alter me sentence. Goebbels dysphemism has been used intentionally by me for the word propaganda. :)
 
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Did you read 5jj's post?

Oh I'm a tube-light. Hehe. Just reread it. Thanks for pointing. Got what you and 5jj's are saying. It is because of the verb do, "s" will not come there. Right? :)
 

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Oh I'm a tube-light. Hehe. Just reread it. Thanks for pointing. Got what you and 5jj's are saying. It is because of the verb do we will not use the "s" there. Right? :)
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Thanks. But I don't want to alter [STRIKE]me[/STRIKE] my sentence.
Then don't, but it will be incorrect English unless 'Goebels' is plural, in which case it shouuld probably be 'Goebbelses',
The [STRIKE]D[/STRIKE] dysphemism 'Goebbels' has been used intentionally by me for the word propaganda. :)
You can't use a countable proper noun in the same way as you use an uncountable noun. In either case, the auxiliary verb should be 'does' not 'do', unless you are intending 'Goebbels' to be plural.
 
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tube-light? Could you illuminate me on this, please?

It means like the tube-light takes some time to light up, I too took some time to get it :). Easier for any Asian to get the context, in the sense I have used that word. It's not in the mainstream language I guess though. So no problem. One more question is coming your way btw. Please bear me.;-)
 

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Then don't, but it will be incorrect English unless 'Goebels' is plural, in which case it shouuld probably be 'Goebbelses',

You can't use a countable proper noun in the same way as you use an uncountable noun. In either case, the auxiliary verb should be 'does' not 'do', unless you are intending '.

On first read, it went above my head. On reading it again, I got what you were trying to say. I too had this doubt but I over look it because it was sounding very natural.Too thought of using "does" initially but changed it in favor of "do" because I did not know how that word can be pluralize.

Now coming to your last line of reply, does not the intention of using 'Goebbels' as plural become clear automatically if it has been used with the "do" verb?
 
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Sentence: ''Why do unbearable 'internet Goebbels' expect other people to agree with their leanings ?''

Question: Does the word 'expect' need to have 's' at its end? Should it be 'expects' instead of 'expect' ?

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(1) I think that the problem lies with the last name of that Goebbels person.

(2) Let's use "Napoleon" instead.

(3) Why do unbearable "internet Napoleons" EXPECT other people to agree with

their leanings?

(4) In other words, the person who wrote that sentence was referring to Goebbels in

the plural, but it was simply too awkward to use the plural, as suggested by one of the

moderators.
 
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