I do self-study for some English exam and this is a sentence from some online resource, which I suppose to listen and write down.

"Does the university have an ice-hockey team?"

In my opinion, since the university is singular, the word 'have' should be replaced with 'has'.

Please enlight me if I am wrong.

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    You would say (1) It has one hockey team, and (2) It has two hockey teams. Similarly, you would say (1) Does it have one hockey team?, and (2) Does it have two hockey teams? The singularly or plurality of the object makes no difference. – Jason Bassford Jan 18 '19 at 4:40
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    The construction is "Does [subject] [infinitive]". The infinitive is not conjugated; only the "helping verb" do is conjugated to agree with the subject. Likewise, we say "The university does have an ice-hockey team", "Will the university have an ice-hockey team?", "The university will have an ice-hockey team", "Did the university have an ice-hockey team?", "The university did have an ice-hockey team." – sumelic Jan 18 '19 at 4:45
  • @sumelic I see, I wasn't careful enough to see that. I'll delete my comment with the "supposed" duplicate question, as it's not a duplicate. – Zebrafish Jan 18 '19 at 4:58

Does the university have an ice-hockey team?

The sentence is grammatical; it's not correct to use has instead.

You can use "has" in an affirmative sentence as follows:

The university has an ice-hockey team.

But you don't use "has" with the auxiliary verb do, does or did in an interrogative or negative sentence; you always use the root form of the verb i.e. "have". Another example:

Does Kushan goes to university?

The sentence is not correct. The noun Kushan is singular third person. Even then you don't use "goes"; you use "go" instead.

  • Such a great explanation. Only your example also good enough for a person to understand the theory behind this. Thank you. – Kushan Randima Jan 18 '19 at 19:42

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