General Writing and Grammar Help/TENSES


Respected Sir
Which one is correct -
Do your father like parrots ?


Does your father like parrots ?
According to me both can be correct but in book the correct answer is 2nd sentence.
Why so ?

While making questions, the following steps may be useful:

Write a statement, and then convert it into question.

Example: I am a boy -> Am I a boy?
He is a teacher -> Is he a teacher?

Now, your sentence is:
Your father likes (=does like) parrots.
This would make the question: Does your father like parrots?

However, Your parents like (=do like) parrots.
Now the question form is: Do your parents like parrots?
I think your confusion stems from the word FATHER being in singular and PARROTS being in plural.
The verb agrees with the subject, not the object.
Here, FATHER is the subject, not PARROTS.

However, if we write it in passive voice:
Parrots are liked by my father -> Are parrots liked by my father?

ARE LIKED (plural) to agree with the subject PARROTS>  

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