Is it just wrong to use I does in a sentence or is it okay?

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    It would never be correct in any context, according to grammar rules. The first person pronoun, "I", is always used with the "do" in a sentence, never with the third person present tense of the verb, "do."
    – Karlomanio
    Apr 30 '19 at 17:06

Rules are there to be broken if you know what you're doing, and to be followed to the letter if you don't.

In other words, no, you cannot possibly use I does for exactly as long as the question "can I say I does" is a question that could possibly cross your mind.


You can't say I does instead of I do. But one can make up a grammatically-correct sentence in which I is followed by does:

"You" refers to a different grammatical person than "I" does.

If not artificially constructed in this way, I does is always incorrect.

(The above answer assumes that does in the question is the third person singular conjugation of the verb to do, and not the plural of the noun doe (a deer, a female deer).)


In informal British dialogue, the first person sometimes conjugates like the third person singular in a present progressive tense, reporting past events.

This is part of what has been described on this site as "the historic present".

There is a loud scream from the neighbours' house, so I goes over to see what is happening, and I does the polite thing of ringing the door bell before entering...

For a discussion of the historic present see: Using the present tense in recounting past events

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    "I goes" is non-standard, but perfectly normal in some dialects of English. But it's not a characteristic of the historic present per se: that's actually standardly grammatical, "...so I go over and do the polite thing..."
    – Andrew Leach
    Apr 30 '19 at 21:38
  • @AndrewLeach Yes. I was at first minded to mention that it was a feature of dialect, but I couldn't exactly think which dialects. Hence I settled for "informal". One is tempted to say it is Cockney, but I am not sure. It may be one of those things that is simply non-standard (working-class?) English.
    – WS2
    May 1 '19 at 7:14

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