Suppose I am in a meeting now and I am a crew leader for a civil crew. My crew goes to the site at 6 am from the office, and they come to the room directly at 5 pm after finishing the job. They do not come to the office. In the meeting, which sentence should I use?

Our crew go to site at 6 am and they not come office after finishing the job


Our crew go to site at 6 o clock and they do not come Office after finishing the job

  • Neither sentence is anything much like English; but in modern English all negative finite verbs require an auxiliary, and if there is no other auxiliary present (such as a form of be or have) you require a form of do. – Colin Fine Nov 7 '16 at 11:34
  • @Colin Fine Wouldn't it be more helpful to give examples? I can hardly understand your explanation....[just saying].... – Lambie Dec 7 '16 at 22:45
  • Meraj, for your information, the present simple in the negative is: do not + verb or does not+verb. So, /they do not come back to the office/. Our crew goes. Third person. – Lambie Dec 7 '16 at 22:48

Our crew goes to the site at 6 o clock and they do not come to the office after finishing the job

This would be the correct sentence. "Our crew" functions as a singular noun, so it needs "goes" not "go". You need the auxiliary "do" to negate come. In modern English, for negating (and questions), you need either a modal verb or the dummy auxiliary verb "do" to make a grammatical sentence in all cases.

  • You're correct, but more emphasis on the queried difference (whether or not to use do, and why) would improve this answer. – Esoteric Screen Name Nov 7 '16 at 21:21

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