He loves cooking, doesn't he? OR He love cooking, doesn't he? Do we need "s" at the end of "love" if we are using "does not"?


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Excellent question! Unlike the regular question format where the "s" is dropped when the tense is third-person singular (e.g."Does he love cooking?"). Affirmative and negative tag questions follow the same rules as if you were making a statement (e.g "He loves cooking, doesn't he?" "He doesn't like cooking, does he?").


It is "he loves cooking, doesn't he?", not the other. The 'doesn't' indicates a present verb tense, which means that the form of 'to love' is loves.

  • Yep. "Loves" agrees with "doesn't", whereas "love" would agree with "don't", as in "I love cooking, don't I?"
    – wonkypiano
    May 9, 2019 at 21:15
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    @wonkypiano - I think you're confused. love(s) agrees with He/I. It has nothing to do with doesn't/don't. He loves cooking. I love cooking. Doesn't/Don't also agrees with He/I: I do. He does.
    – Jim
    May 9, 2019 at 21:54
  • The sentence tag is supposed to follow the subject/verb of the independent clause, not vice versa. -1 May 9, 2019 at 22:36

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