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Why is leaves used in "My plane leaves on time", not leave?
Aug 13, 2019 10:41 AM
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I'm sitting here with a furrowed brow and a confused look on my face, so I'm going to answer your question with another question. You're clearly not a beginner, so I'm sure you've learnt about the third-person 's' in the present simple, so here's the question: "Joe, can you explain to us why you think that it should be 'My plane leave on time'? Why do YOU think that 'leaves' is wrong?"
August 13, 2019
I leave. You leave. He, she or it leaves. We leave. You all leave. They leave. There is only one plane, so it is singular. Is not "I" or "you," so it is third person, "he, she, or it." The plane leaves. In contrast: The planes leave. (It's hard to come up with a realistic example of a situation where you would say "the planes leave." The best I can do is "At that airport, the weather the weather is often bad. Air traffic gets delayed, and all the planes leave late.") (By the way, I sidestepped the question of whether a plane is an "it" or a "she." That's a completely different topic! Traditionally, a ship is "she," and up until the 1960s or so, planes were sometimes referred to as "she.")
August 13, 2019
I think it's just confusing third person. I'm a little shy, but I'll leave a question do not delete this. It will be fun to look back at this question later.
August 13, 2019
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