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Here are a few spelling rules for when you want to add the s in the third person singular.Remember that some verbs change their spelling when s is added. For example, for verbs ending in y, the thumb rule is that when the verb that ends in y is immediately preceded by a consonant, the y gets changed to ie before the ending s is added.
Example: study — studies (third person singular), carry — carries (third person singular)
However when a verb ends in y immediately preceded by a vowel, the y is not changed before the s is added at the end.
Example: enjoy — enjoys (third person singular), buy — buys (third person singular)
When a verb ends in o the letter e is added before the s is put at the end.
Example: echo — echoes (third person singular), go — goes (third person singular)
When a verb ends in a sound such as ch,s or z, ,sh, x add the letter e before you put s at the ending.
Example: watch — watches (third person singular), buzz — buzzes (third person singular)
Here is another helpful hint… Never split an infinitive. An infinitive verb fulfills the function of a noun and is formed with the words “to”. Thus, “to take,” “to laugh,” and “to be.”
Example: To boldly go where no man has gone before. It is better to say, “To go boldly where no man has gone before.”