I've read the sentence:

The board of my company is not focus on employees

and I am wondering if it is correct.

I'd rather write "is not focused on" or "is not focusing on".

I do not find any case where "is not focus" is correct.


That might've been a typo. It sounds very odd to me. both of your examples are perfectly fine and correct.

"is not focused on" or "is not focusing on".

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    Or does not focus on. – Kevin Mar 26 '19 at 18:13
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    Or is not to focus on. If it is, for example, the owner of the company speaking. – Pete Kirkham Mar 27 '19 at 10:05

You’re right, that’s not standard English, and both your corrections sound good, depending on the context. I would assume someone made a typo or doesn’t understand when to use participles in English. If it is the latter, I have seen a lot of native speakers make similar mistakes, like “It is suppose to”. Maybe it’s because when speaking, a “t” sound following an “s” sound is often elided or pronounced too quickly or softly to be heard.


Most likely the correct should be "does not focus on" if we are speaking about focus in general, or "is not focusing on" if this it taking place for a period of time.

You could also say "is not focused on" if you convey a present situation likely to change. In my opinion, it has a slight "yet" to it.


For the noun board the correct tense of verb "to focus" would be focuses or does not focus for the present.

So you are correct in that is not focus is incorrect. Both of your examples sound correct.

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    Is not focuses? – Mixolydian Mar 26 '19 at 15:40
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    No, you would have to move not to the end of focuses. – medicine_man Mar 26 '19 at 15:41
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    “The board focuses” but “The board does not focus”. – Mixolydian Mar 26 '19 at 15:43
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    You Are Correct. – medicine_man Mar 26 '19 at 15:43
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    @Mixolydian : But note also "The board does focus" and "The board does not focus". – MPW Mar 26 '19 at 21:08

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