0

Which one is correct?

  • This give me hope in the world
  • This gives me hope in the world

closed as off-topic by user3169, P. E. Dant, fixer1234, shin, Varun Nair Jul 24 '17 at 4:50

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question should include more details than have been provided here. Please edit to add the research you have done in your efforts to answer the question, or provide more context. See: Details, Please." – user3169, P. E. Dant, fixer1234, shin, Varun Nair
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • There are hundreds of websites that show how to conjugate English verbs, e.g. this one. You should find one you like and bookmark it. Conjugating verbs, especially irregular ones like to give, is basic to your study of English. – P. E. Dant Jul 23 '17 at 20:24
3

All regular (and many irregular) verbs in English have two forms in the present: "third person singular", which ends in -s, and "everything else". The correct form is the one that agrees with the subject of the verb.

All of the following are third person singular:

  • Singular nouns
  • Personal pronouns "he", "she", and "it"
  • Demonstrative pronouns "this" and "that"
  • Interrogative pronouns "who", "what", etc. (unless context implies that they're standing in for something plural)

In your sentence, "this" is the subject (and "me" is the indirect object, while "hope" is the direct object). So the correct form is "third person singular" with the -s on the end: gives.

  • Who are these people? What are the cars waiting for? englishlanguageguide.com/grammar/interrogative-pronoun.asp – Ronald Sole Jul 23 '17 at 11:59
  • @RonaldSole: I take it from the first sentence that your point is that interrogatives can be plural? I'll edit to mention that. In your second sentence, though, the subject is "the cars", not "what", which is still construed as singular: "What is it that the cars are waiting for?" – Tim Pederick Jul 23 '17 at 13:07
  • Yes! Interrogatives can be either singular or plural. My second example was an own goal. – Ronald Sole Jul 23 '17 at 14:33

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