Shawn asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 3 weeks ago

she/he/it wants. Why make it more complicated by adding the s? I'm fine with she/he/it want. ?

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago
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    Historical reasons. Some languages have 6 different finite forms per tense. The germanic part of English was simplified in the wake of 1066, when the upper class preferred normandy-french.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Because the verb is conjugated:

    I want

    you want

    s/he, it wants

    If you insist on saying "he want" you'll sound like your speaking English as a second language or you flunked elementary school.

  • 3 weeks ago

    The "s" is just the final remnant of a previously-existing full conjugation the same as in other European languages. Don't worry; in another hundred years or so even the "s" will have disappeared too.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    The change to the verb adds a bit of redundancy. You're complaining about that, but all languages have some redundancy in them, probably because it reduces the chance for errors in hearing or reading. English verbs actually have a lot less redundancy than most languages' verbs, although Chinese has even less.

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    YOU might be fine with the wrong form, but it would be noted as wrong by reasonably educated users of English.  

    In fact, you are making things more complicated for everybody else, because we then have to think: "Will he understand what we say to him? How can we make it very simple so that even he can understand?"

    I form English content be usually might, but can you understand it?   Your way of thinking leads in that sort of direction, where people just say or write words they think are good, and hope that people understand.

    The normal way, of adding 's' to verbs relating to he, she, or it, has been in operation for hundreds of years. Why do you think that your idea should be considered as 'normal'?

  • 3 weeks ago

    Not as complicated as a man trying to figure out women. 

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