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What Does vs. What Do
Should we say, “What does Gloria and I have in common?” or “What do Gloria and I have in common?”
If you turn the question around to place the subjects first, you would say, “Gloria and I does/do have what in common.”
Gloria and I are the subjects so we need a plural verb. Which verb is plural? We would say she does but we would say they do. So do is the plural verb. Therefore, the answer is, “What do Gloria and I have in common?”
Try this example: “What does/do the children look like in their costumes?”
If you turn the question around to place the subjects first, you would say, “The children does/do look like what in their costumes.”
Because children is a plural subject, we again need the plural verb do.
Try this example: “What does/do the coach expect from the team?
Turning the question around, we realize that our subject is coach, which is singular. Therefore, we would say, “What does the coach expect from the team?”
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The Surprising Origins of Common Words
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Addict: Roman soldiers were given slaves known as addicts as rewards for good battle performances. The English version of the word comes from the Latin addictus, meaning “to deliver,” or “to sacrifice.” Hence the phrase “slave to an addiction,” which is actually kind of redundant.
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3. What does the team uniform look like?
4. What do the team members think of the new coach?
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