'You like cake.' and 'Lucas likes cake.'

'You run fast.' and 'John runs fast.'

Why are the verbs pluralised when the name is used? Thanks!

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    Who said the verb is being pluralized? – Hot Licks Apr 17 at 21:55
  • Do you mean: Why are verbs conjugated and why do conjugations differ based on person? – Jim Apr 17 at 21:57
  • I run, you run, he runs. I am, you are, he is. First, second, and third person singular. We run, you run, they run. We are, you are, they are. First, second, and third person plural. – Hot Licks Apr 17 at 22:03

The s, on the end of the verb is not the form of plural, as it would be for nouns (e.g. books). It is the standard verb conjugation stating that when in present tense, third person, singular, you need to add an s to the end of the verb.


I run
You run
He/she/it runs <- only need to change here
We run
You run
They run

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