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The term auxiliary verb in English syntax is ordinarily used for a verbal element that is affected by the rule of subject-auxiliary inversion. Finite forms of be are inverted, regardless of whether they are followed by a verb to which they could be auxiliary. So the answer to the question is yes, the forms of be in the example sentences are auxiliaries. ...
Both examples are of reported speech. Yesterday you said "I can solve puzzles." In the 1400s, Leonardo said "Defective vision can be corrected by placing a lens in direct contact with the eye." Thereby anticipating the contact lens industry by centuries. When we report these words later without quotes, we have to correct, where required, for ...
"I would go..." today, but I'm broke right now, so instead I'm answering forum questions. "I would have gone..." yesterday but I was broke then as well. The first case describes a past situation which could be different today.
The verb forms "would do" and "would have done" (would + infinitive present or infinitive perfect) are a bit neglected because they are not considered a tense, but a mood for unreality). "I would go" refers to present/future time and you would do this only if a certain condition is fulfilled. I would have gone is the same unreal statement referring to ...
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