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Don't or doesn't, which word is correct?

your eyes actually don't/doesn't look bloodshot this time

Both don't and doesn't are contractions. Don't is a contraction of do not, while doesn't is a contraction of does not, and they both act as auxiliary verbs. In English, don't is used when speaking in the first and second person plural and singular and the third person plural ("I," "you," "we," and "they").

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so in this case, "Don't", is the proper phrasing.

Don't because it stands for do not. Think of it like this; does it make more sense to say "Your eyes actually does not look bloodshot this time" or "Your eyes actually do not look bloodshot this time" Do you get it now?

doesn't with a singular noun
don't with a plural noun
(doesn't apply to personal pronouns)


don t

"Don't" is the right contraction for use with a plural noun, like "eyes."




One eye: Your eye doesn't look bloodshot.
More than one eye: Your eyes don't look bloodshot.