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Why in this sentense Can the cat climb the tree?, you will not add s to climb

 
 
bebetxx
 
Reply Wed 18 Jan, 2012 06:38 am
In this sentense

Can the cat climb the tree?

Why you don't add and s to climb so
Can the cat climbs the tree?
Because it is a present simple sentense
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Reply Wed 18 Jan, 2012 07:29 am
@bebetxx,
It's the presence of "can" that changes the verb to a perfect tense.

The cat climbs the tree.
The cat can climb the tree.
Can a cat climb a tree?
JTT
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jan, 2012 07:42 pm
@engineer,
You're right that it is the presence of 'can' that determines no 's', E, but there is no "perfect tense".

[And actually, the perfect isn't a tense, it's an aspect.

When a lexical verb - climb, run, jump, look, etc is used with a modal verb - can, could, may, might, will, would, should, shall, etc third person - he, she, it never attracts an 's'.
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