David, Moderator posted:
bear_bear posted:

Which is correct? Why?

He will always play / plays well in the competition. 

Hello, bear_bear,

Please write two separate sentences, each labeled with a number or letter.

The slash does not sufficiently indicate the examples you mean to ask about.

Sure. There are my sentences:

1 He will always play well in the competition. 

2 He will always plays well in the competition. 

3 She will always score high marks in the exam. 

4 She will always scores high marks in the exam. 

 

Thanks.

bear_bear posted:
There are my sentences:


1 He will always play well in the competition.
2 *He will always plays well in the competition.
3 She will always score high marks in the exam.
4 *She will always scores high marks in the exam.

I'm glad I asked you to write them as separate sentences, bear_bear, because you are making precisely the error that I thought you might be making. But I thought you might know better, since you have been a learner for many years.

Sentences (2) and  (4) are ungrammatical. Whenever a modal auxiliary verb (will, would, can, could, shall, should may, might) is part of the verb phrase, the following verb (play, score, etc.) must be in base form: "will play," "will score."

This rule is not affected by the presence of adverbs in the verb phrase. "Will always plays" and "will always scores" are every bit as ungrammatical as "will plays" and "will scores" (or "will playing," "will played," etc.).

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