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(to) ski + 3rd person



Mietz
Germany

(to) ski + 3rd person
 
Could somebody tell me, what the 3rd person in the Present Simple of "(to) ski" is?
As usual - I find Google not conclusive. Is it "she skies" or "she skis"?

Thank you!!!

22 Jan 2009      



eliana
Portugal

As far as Iīm concerned itīs skies because :
 
When a verb ends in y immediately preceded by a consonant, the y is changed to ie before the ending s is added which is the case : sky ends in "Y" preceded by a consonant
 
 
other cases: study/studies         fly/flies               carry/carries
 
   
 

22 Jan 2009     



eliana
Portugal

Well...now Iīm not sure....Iīve searched on the web and people talk about the possiblity of using "skis"....but Iīm sure about the rule....I donīt know if it applies to this verb in particular....can a native speaker say sth please?

22 Jan 2009     



cheezels
New Zealand

Iīm with ladybird on this one too. :-)

22 Jan 2009     



jecika
Serbia

Hello Mietz,
according to the Collins Cobuild English dictionary the correct version is skis
Have a nice day

22 Jan 2009     



cheezels
New Zealand

Iīm native :-) I donīt know why though. It just is.

22 Jan 2009     



cheezels
New Zealand

LOL

22 Jan 2009     



Mietz
Germany

Wow - thank you all for your very quick answers! That helps so much!
Yes Cheezels ... how come you donīt know, why you are a native speaker? LOL

22 Jan 2009     



cheezels
New Zealand

I need some coffee ASAP Big smile

22 Jan 2009     



Mietz
Germany

@ Cheezels
Does coffee make you know, why you are a native? Wow - I should switch from drinking tea to coffee, if that makes me know amazing answers like that. Does coffee make me a native, too?
LOL

22 Jan 2009     



Logos
Malaysia

Just because one is a native speaker does not mean that they know why a particular spelling or grammar point is so.  In fact, sometimes the worst person to ask about grammar is a native speaker.  I find that second language learners, who have had to grapple with the difficulties sometimes know far more about the language than native speakers.
 
Language is not so much a scientific or mathematical analysis with a consistent set of rules or variables, it is more biological.  Language can grow, can develop, evolve - it can even die.  It is an instinctive attribute that any baby, given the right environment can pick up just as easily as learning to walk.
 
Enough of the philosophical linguistic approach.  Ladybird is definitely right.  Why she is right, I donīt care.  As the Mom Song so beautifully puts it.  īBecause I said soī
 
Keep taking the coffee, with a dash of whiskey and you will be speaking with an Irish accent quicker than you know it.
 
 

22 Jan 2009     

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