Don't vs doesn't


The director and the members of the band (doesn't, don't) report for rehearsals until tomorrow.


Which should be used here (don't or doesn't) and why?



asked Jun 15 '13 at 14:59 ali New member

2 answers


This is a question of subject-verb number agreement. When the subject is singular, the verb form must also be singular; when the subject is plural, the verb must be plural.


Singular -- he does

Plural - they do


In this sentence, you have a compound subject -- the singular "director" and the plural "members" -- which refers to multiple people. The sentence has a plural subject.


Therefore, don't is the correct verb form.


I hope this helps.

link comment answered Jun 15 '13 at 15:11 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

As simple present tense is used to say a habitual action or a truth, you had better use won't in this sentence.

link comment answered Jun 15 '13 at 16:37 Z. A. Jazley Expert

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