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I wrote:

Would 7 pm work for you?

My editor corrected me:

Would 7 pm works for you?

English is not my first language, but I can't get around the sound of the plural works in the sentence. Is it correct?

Would it be correct if I write:

Does 7 pm work for you?

Thanks.

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    You should be editing your editor. Both Would 7 pm work for you? and Does 7 pm work for you? are correct. Would 7 pm works for you? is incorrect. – Drew Aug 24 '16 at 4:26
  • Works here is a verb, so it's actually third person singular. When the verb has an accompanying auxiliary (like would or does), the plain form (the one found in the infinitive) is correct. – deadrat Aug 24 '16 at 4:32
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You should use "work" in the sentence. It depends on where it is in the sentence. An easy way to tell which form is correct is by looking at similar sentences. Does Ted fly? Ted flies. Does 7pm work for you? Seven works for me.

  • Totally agree. Would / Does 7pm work for you? Yes, 7pm works for me. – David Glickman Aug 24 '16 at 10:02

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