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I wonder if the following usage of "do(es)" properly or commonly used:

If money doesn't concern you, what else do(es)?

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I'm not sure if you read this somewhere, but do(es) shouldn't be used this way. "What" is singular and will always take the singular form of the verb: What else does? –  KitFox Mar 28 '12 at 23:34
    
are you saying "what" is never plural as a subject? –  Tim Mar 28 '12 at 23:37
    
No, merely that the plural of what turns out to be what. Cf. What kind of thing is that? What kinds of things are those? –  John Lawler Mar 28 '12 at 23:51
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Also, in John and Peter's examples, what is a determiner, not a pronoun as it is in OP's question. –  Brett Reynolds Mar 29 '12 at 0:01
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I would also note that the 'else' in the question is a bit dubious. The use of 'else' implies that there is at least one thing that bothers you and we are looking for another thing, but the question only talks about money. So it ought to be phrased: "If money doesn't bother you, what does?" (without the else) because maybe the answer is, "Nothing." –  Jim Mar 29 '12 at 0:40

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The default assumption for what is that it is singular. The main exception would be in an echo/confirmation question (e.g., A: The sloders are green. B:What are green?). Normally, the phrase in the original question would be If money doesn't concern you, what else does?

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