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I have two sentences

does this item need to be repaired?

and

does this item needs to be repaired?

which sentence is better, and why.

Thank you.

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  • "Does this item needS to be repaired is incorrect?" You remove the "s" on the verb in a question. – Karlomanio Mar 22 at 14:37
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There is no "better" sentence because the second one breaks the rule. A question for the third person in present simple starts with "Does" which means a verb shouldn't have "-s" ("-es") ending.

This item needs to be repaired.
Does this item need(no ending) to be repaired?

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As your sentence belongs to Present Indefinite according to the grammar rules of English.

You should follow Present Indefinite the grammar rule while creating a question.

As per the English grammar rule for Present Indefinite your first sentence is correct.

Does this item need to be repaired?

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