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Which is the correct statement?

  • Does she goes to Gym?
  • Does Rita go to Gym?
  • Does Rita goes to Gym?
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closed as off topic by RegDwigнt Apr 3 '13 at 9:31

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This question is a better fit for our sister site for English Language Learners, since two of your three options are strikingly ungrammatical. – RegDwigнt Apr 3 '13 at 9:33
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"Does Rita go to the gym?" is correct.

"Does" in this sentence is the auxiliary verb. It is already conjugated, so the main verb is not.

(Edited to include the article before "gym" as noted by @DJClayworth)

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I hate to nitpick, but in standard English "Does Rita go to the gym?" – DJClayworth Apr 3 '13 at 19:29
You're right and I had thought of that on my way home. I'll edit and correct it. – TvF Apr 4 '13 at 7:30

As a statement, it would be She goes to the gym. When a statement contains only a lexical verb like goes, a question is formed from it by the appropriate form of the auxiliary verb do placed before the subject, and the plain form of the main verb. In your example the form of do is does, because that’s the third person singular form. The plain form of goes is go. Put it all together and you get Does she go to the gym?

This question would really be more suited to the sister site ‘English Language Learners’ where you might like to ask any similar questions in future.

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In such cases, you use the 1st person of the verb, so

does she go to gym

just like you'd say

does he stay at home?

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