English as a Second Language/another doubt


QUESTION: Hi Amy....Dev again from India.

Amy I have two doubts this time.Please see the following sentence.

If it doesn't rains, I go play football.

The doubt is -- do we add -s or -es with verbs after does or does not?

My second doubt is I had learnt in the school that Simple Present and Simple Past are the only two tenses without auxiliary verbs.Is it correct? Are there few exceptions?


good to hear from you again :)

1) You do not need to add -s or -es after does or doesn't (the -s or -es is already there in the does/doesn't) so your sentence should read:
If it doesn't rain, I (will) go play football.

2) The Simple Present and the Simple Past are indeed the only two tenses that don't require auxiliary verbs. Even with these tenses though, when you have interrogative or negative sentences you need to use an auxiliary verb (do for the Present and did for the Past), so the rule applies to affirmative sentences only.

I hope this helps.

Looking forward to more of your interesting questions.



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QUESTION: Amy... please tell me about the following .

If lets say I am meeting someone at 8 pm and for the first time in the
day then would i say Good Morning or Good evening.

Somebody said that when we meet someone for the first time in the day
whether in the noon or in the evening or at night then we use 'good morning'.

Is it so

Hi Dev,

Good morning is used in the morning, before 12 noon.

From 12 noon to 5 PM according to some, or 6 PM according to others you say Good afternoon

Good evening is used after 5 (or 6) PM until 12 AM

Good night means good bye and it's obviously used only at night.

So you can't say "Good morning" to someone when you're meeting them at 8 PM, you'd have to say "Good evening".

Not sure who told you that, but it's definitely not the correct greeting form.
By the way, when in doubt, just say "Hello" - there is no way you can go wrong with that :)

Let me know if this helps,or if you need more help with this topic.



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