• Most verbs take -s in the third person singular. 

come becomes comes

order becomes orders

travel becomes travels


Some verbs have present simple spelling changes.

  • Verbs that end in 'y':

Verbs that end in 'y' often change 'y' to 'ie' before 's':

  • study becomes studies
  • try becomes tries
  • marry becomes marries
  • fly becomes flies
  • cry becomes cries

Note: 'y' doesn't change to 'ie' if the ending is 'ay', 'ey', 'oy', 'uy'. So, play becomes plays, say becomes says, buy becomes buys, enjoy becomes enjoys, stay becomes stays)


  • Verbs that end in 's', 'sh', 'ch', or 'x':

Verbs that end in 'ss', 'sh', 'ch' or 'x' or 'z' often add 'e' before 's':

  • pass becomes passes
  • wash becomes washes
  • teach becomes teaches


  • Have, go, do and be are irregular.

have becomes has

go becomes goes

do becomes does

be becomes is


  • When the verb ends in -s or -z we double the -s or -z and add -es, e.g. quizquizzes. These verbs are not common.
Fuente: dictionary.cambridge.org
Fecha: 21/3/2022 | Creado por: Paula
Categoria: 1st term
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