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# Tense

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12 Jan 2018, 09:19
He doesn't eat pasta.
He doesn't eats pasta.
Which one is correct and why?

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12 Jan 2018, 09:29
He doesn't eat pasta. (correct)
He doesn't eats pasta. (wrong)

The formula for making a simple present verb negative is do/does + not + [root form of verb].
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12 Jan 2018, 17:27
mandeey wrote:
He doesn't eat pasta. (correct)
He doesn't eats pasta. (wrong)

The formula for making a simple present verb negative is do/does + not + [root form of verb].

I thought he is playing sports
I thought he was playing sports.

I thought he is responsible for it.
I thought he was responsible for it.

I thought he has a lot of interest in sports.
I thought he had a lot of interest in sports.

Which of the above sentences are correct and why?

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12 Jan 2018, 19:24
stomar67 wrote:
mandeey wrote:
He doesn't eat pasta. (correct)
He doesn't eats pasta. (wrong)

The formula for making a simple present verb negative is do/does + not + [root form of verb].

I thought he is playing sports
I thought he was playing sports.

I thought he is responsible for it.
I thought he was responsible for it.

I thought he has a lot of interest in sports.
I thought he had a lot of interest in sports.

Which of the above sentences are correct and why?

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I thought he is playing sports. (Wrong)
I thought he was playing sports. (Correct)

I thought he is responsible for it. (Wrong)
I thought he was responsible for it. (Correct)

I thought he has a lot of interest in sports. (Wrong)
I thought he had a lot of interest in sports. (Correct)

Thought is past form, is/has is present form. The wrong sentences makes illogical meanings, You thought something in past and you giving statement about present.

I thought(I thought in past) he is playing sports (Giving statement about present situation).

Correct version: I think he is playing sports.
Correct version: I think he is responsible for it.
Correct version: I think he has a lot of interest in sports.
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12 Jan 2018, 19:29
mandeey wrote:
stomar67 wrote:
mandeey wrote:
He doesn't eat pasta. (correct)
He doesn't eats pasta. (wrong)

The formula for making a simple present verb negative is do/does + not + [root form of verb].

I thought he is playing sports
I thought he was playing sports.

I thought he is responsible for it.
I thought he was responsible for it.

I thought he has a lot of interest in sports.
I thought he had a lot of interest in sports.

Which of the above sentences are correct and why?

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I thought he is playing sports. (Wrong)
I thought he was playing sports. (Correct)

I thought he is responsible for it. (Wrong)
I thought he was responsible for it. (Correct)

I thought he has a lot of interest in sports. (Wrong)
I thought he had a lot of interest in sports. (Correct)

Thought is past form, is/has is present form. The wrong sentences makes illogical meanings, You thought something in past and you giving statement about present.

I thought(I thought in past) he is playing sports (Giving statement about present situation).

Correct version: I think he is playing sports.
Correct version: I think he is responsible for it.
Correct version: I think he has a lot of interest in sports.

Thanks

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