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What form of the verb is used with a subject like "little me"?

I want to say that I look innocent in an old picture of mine and I don't know if I should say: "Little me looks so innocent"; or "Little me look so innocent" (without an "s&...
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Does relative clause agree with main subject?

Consider the sentence: The trout that swim in the center of the river keep themselves safe. The main subject is "trout" which is single, but the main verb is "keep". Shouldn't ...
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You are the (one/ones) who (are/is)

I'm talking about both singular and plural form of "you", so I hope the provided answer will include both answers. Singular You You are the one who 《are/is》... I'm equating the "...
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Use of Has/ Have for third person singular [duplicate]

I am learning Chinese and here is the English translation on Duolingo. As far as I understand. "has" is right in both cases but Duolingo thinks otherwise. Is there any other grammar point ...
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Which one is the correct phrase?

What's the correct way of saying the following phrase: How fast this beast go? or How fast this beast goes? The thing here is that I know the object that we are talking about is "beast" ...
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A third person singular of phrase with fire

Sentence: You see a car in the street fire two shots at the person, who was standing on the sidewalk. Source: *One man shot and killed during gathering of Trump supporter It seems like a car is a ...
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Is the form of the verb right?

"France have won their second World Cup title." Why is it have and not has? France isn't plural, right?
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Need clarity regarding Third-person-singular conjugation in a sentence

I am having troubles understanding whether I should add an "S" at the end of a verb or not. The sentence is: "We are a human company that, through design and engineering, develop automation solutions....
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Contracted form of Present Continuous with nouns ending with -s

How do we form the contracted form of Present Continuous with nouns ending with -s, for example: Thomas is playing football next Sunday. Can we write Thomas' playing football next Sunday. How does ...
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She don't love you no more! (Toy Story 3)

Why did Lotso say She don't love you no more! instead of "She doesn't love you anymore" in Toy Story 3? Does he speak unusual English?
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Someone, anyone, somebody, everybody. Are those 3rd or 1st person?

Is there any rule or a reminder I can use? I've got confused all the time. Is it "Someone say" or "Someone says"? Is it "everybody say" or "Anybody says"? And the most confusing for me is "Nobody ...
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What's "my master, he say"?

"Instead, he smiled ingratiatingly and confided: 'My master, he say: invite the young lady to go riding.'" This is a quotation from Angela Carter's The Tiger's Bride. Reading this book, I could not ...
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"demands that he abandon" vs. "demands that he abandons"

On a site about movies, I read the following: While Nader defaults to self-righteousness after his wife demands that he abandon his Alzheimer’s-ridden father, Maadi shades the character’s ...
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How to use the word seem

I know that in the following phrase I must add the letter s to the verb seem when used with third person singular like this: It seems to me... But then I see such phrases as make it seem... ...
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why the verb of this sentence has a third person "s"? It must be "increase"

"As people live longer into their old age, the chances of them suffering from serious illnesses increases." I came across this sentence in Mindset 3 as a sample for writing. Is it correct? "increases"
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Can 'one' be used as a gender neutral third person pronoun to refer to God?

If one doesn't wish to refer to God as 'he' or 'she', can one use the gender neutral pronoun 'one' to refer to God in third person --- for example: "God should do whatever one wants". "Since it is ...
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Third person verbs are always conjugated?

Sometimes I see third person verbs , though they're not conjugated. Examples: I fell my sorrow Fly away; enter This makes my blood Boil; Or, they aren't really verbs? Plz help me.
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That would require that he imagine(s?) something

Which one is correct? And why? "That would require that he imagine something." "That would require that he imagines something."
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"makes everyone feel" or "make everyone feels"

https://www.lingq.com/lesson/lesson-26-giving-a-speech-431421/ "Talking about milestones and achievements makes everyone feel involved and positive, and it also shows how hard you worked for the ...
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Using "does" + verb in an affirmative sentence

Is it good to write "does" and then verb in an affirmative sentence? Also, should then, the verb ends with 's'? Like: "She does play(-s?) guitar". Should I put -s? Is it common in a regular ...
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The word "examples" with third person singular verb?

Listen to a few examples which uses this letter. I found this sentence while I was reading, I wondered why the third person singular verb was used here and thought it was a wrong spelling. Then I ...
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The world to ends up?

''when the person you wanted to give the world to ends up being temporary'' It's like a meme with a baby sobbing video. What does it mean? Why is it ''ends'' instead ''end''?
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Sunday being third person singular?

I just saw this thread and got completely confused. What is the "s" at the end of some words and where does it go when talking about multiples? Since the subject remains Sunday, the verb ...
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An AI omitting a simple grammar rule?

In the game "The Turing Test", at one point an incredibly intelligent AI utters a sentence that baffles me because of its sudden disregard for the "s" form. It says: The distance between Jupiter ...
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Does the bold verb in the mentioned sentence require a third-person s?

According to that theory, knowledge does not require that the believer possess/possesses positive reason.
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"... that something happen soon or that something happen now", shouldn't the third-person-singular form be used?

The source is a paper on BBC (the last paragraph but one): http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1535_questionanswer/page42.shtml A related question about verb forms: &...
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If I fits on the Board, I sits on the Board

I recently saw text on that picture, over the reddit. It says "If I fits on the Board, I sits on the Board". Since that looks like official and formal signboard, I am curious as to why authors used "...
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I Eats My Spinach

"I Eats My Spinach" is an old Popeye the sailor episode (1933). Shouldn't it be "I Eat My Spinach" instead? How come there's the 3rd person singular "s" there? Reference: http://www.imdb.com/title/...
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Difficulties in finding of "s third person singular" in more complex sentence

I know the question I'm asking is so specific that you may be reluctant to answer, but I have no other place to find my answer. I have a sentence, on the Sciencealert site, in which the writer did ...
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Use of "What" and third person singular form of verb

People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does. Quite unusually, in this sentence "what" occurs twice and third person ...
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What should be used with a person or 3rd person , comparative degree or simple form of adjective

A person is becoming good day by day. or A person is becoming better day by day. or A person is getting better day by day. or A person is being good day by day. Which one is correct and why?
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Whether it prove or proves

Why prove (and not proves)? Philosophicus, whether or not it prove to give the ultimate truth on the matters with which it deals, certainly deserves, by its breadth and scope and profundity, to be ...
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The form of the verb in attributive clause when the subject in main clause is "I" [duplicate]

For example, which of the following is correct? I am a teacher who likes teaching. or I am a teacher who like teaching.
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simple present - shouldn't they be continuous/progressive present tenses because most are temporary?

James rubs his neck while speaking. James looks out the window while thinking. James thinks about a conundrum. James walks to his destination. These all are in third person simple ...
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When do I REALLY need to pronounce an s as a z?

Yeah, I know the rule that after a voiced consonant, the plural or 3rd person S should be realized as a Z. But I wouldn't trust that rule as far as I could throw it, because I constantly hear, say, '...
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Can two or more third person conjugated verbs be chained together?

Recently I wrote a sentence and came to realize I've chained two third person conjugated verbs like this: The area of the screen where the expanded toolbar appears occludes a significant part of ...
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"He welcome or welcomes you all" [closed]

For third person we use "s"at the end the word for example : I sing. You sing. He sings. same way : 1st person :I welcome you all . 3rd person : He welcome you all or should it be He welcomes you all
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Is "she don't" sometimes considered correct form?

Recently I was exposed to a lot of uses of "She don't + infinitive" (3rd person singular + don't), instead of "she doesn't + infinitive" (3rd person singular + doesn't). I'm not sure if it is a ...
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