Sign up ×
English Language Learners Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for speakers of other languages learning English. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Is it correct to say "What would he likes to eat?"

If I ask to my friend for another friend's choice.

share|improve this question

migrated from May 10 '14 at 10:02

This question came from our site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts.

2 Answers 2

up vote 4 down vote accepted

What would he likes to eat?

Let's look at the structure.

[What] would (modal verb) he (subject) likes to eat?

This sentence is inverted since it's a question and what is a question word. Now, if you change it back to its normal uninverted form, it'll look like this :

He (subject) would (modal verb) likes to eat.

The verb likes in this sentence is not considered as a verb but as a part of the modal verb would. So therefore, the verb likes should be in the original form (infinitive form), which is like. The correct sentence is :

What would he like to eat?

More information :


Basic question structure

share|improve this answer

No, it’s grammatically incorrect.

When using a modal, the verb always takes the bare infinitive form.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.