Is it good to write "does" and then verb in an affirmative sentence? Also, should then, the verb ends with 's'?


"She does play(-s?) guitar".

Should I put -s? Is it common in a regular speech? I have a doubt, that this construction uses, when someone wants to approve something straightly?


No, if we use does the verb does has the third-person form and thus the verb play should have the bare form:

She does play the guitar.

If you merely want to say that the girl plays the guitar, it's more common to say:

She plays the guitar.

The form with does has more emphasis:

-- "I don't think she knows how to play the guitar."
-- "She does play the guitar!"

Reference: English auxiliary verbs (Wikipedia).

  • As well, if I there is "should"? (no s ending) – Artur Nov 1 '18 at 16:57
  • @Artur - "She should play the guitar" (also the base form - because a verb coming after an auxiliary verb (like should) does not take the -s ending. – CowperKettle Nov 1 '18 at 16:58
  • So, better to say "she does play the guitar" or "she plays the guitar" in a common speech? – Artur Nov 1 '18 at 17:00
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    @Artur - if you merely relate the information, it's "She plays the guitar". If you want to emphasise that she indeed plays it, if you want to put more stress on it, then "She does play the guitar!" (I'm sure of it!) – CowperKettle Nov 1 '18 at 17:03

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