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When Should I Use 'Don't' and When Should I Use 'Doesn't'?
Thursday November 21st 2019
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When should I use 'don't' and when should I use 'doesn't'? — Learners Everywhere
Answer

Don't and doesn't are contractions of "do not" and "does not." To figure out when to use each on, you have to know when to use do and does. The verb does is used when its subject is third person singular (he, she, it). Do is used for all other subjects. Below is a chart showing when to use each form:

 

singular

plural

first person

I do

We do

second person

You do

You (all) do

third person

He does, She does, It does

They do

 

 

Does and doesn't follow the same pattern:

 

singular

plural

first person

I don't

We don't

second person

You don't

You (all) don't

third person

He doesn't, She doesn't, It doesn't

They don't

 

I hope this helps.

 

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