How can I eliminate the weak "to be" verb (DOES) in the following sentence:

She does not assist in accomplishing...
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    The verb be and the verb does are both Auxiliary Verbs. They are not called "to be" verbs; they're called auxiliary verbs. And you can't get rid of it unless you get rid of the "not". Negatives require an auxiliary verb. So do questions. If there isn't one there already, we use do. So that's why you can't get rid of it. Why would you want to do that, anyway? Apr 10, 2014 at 3:09
  • Perhaps, depending on whether a positive on negative emphasis is required, we could use ever or never -- She never assists in accomplishing ... -- Has she ever assisted in ...
    – Kris
    Apr 10, 2014 at 4:52
  • I think a little more description of context is required, because all the answers change the meaning. The OP sentence is essentially neutral and "does not assist" could easily mean "She is unhelpful" or "She is a hindrance" as well as "She stands idle and watches". Because (as @JohnL says) auxiliary verbs are the way English works, removing them will always change the meaning. We need to know what meaning is intended in order to remove does in the right way.
    – Andrew Leach
    Apr 10, 2014 at 6:47
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    – MetaEd
    Apr 16, 2014 at 15:14
  • To get rid of the 'not', look for an antonym of the verb (not that there is a good one for 'assist').
    – AmI
    Oct 9, 2017 at 19:19

7 Answers 7

She NEVER assists us in accomplishing...
  • She won't assist us in accomplishing...
    – Jim
    Apr 10, 2014 at 3:32
  • You are right, I suppose. Why not update your question as well?
    – Kris
    Apr 10, 2014 at 4:53
  • Why the down vote?
    – Kris
    Apr 10, 2014 at 4:54
  • formal writing should not include contractions according to my teacher, and also will not includes another "to be" verb (will)
    – nshah
    Apr 11, 2014 at 20:45

She lends no assistance in accomplishing . . .


She assists not in accomplishing...

  • Why the down vote? Apr 16, 2014 at 4:13
  • I didn't downvote it, but perhaps it's just not that great of an answer. Although you are rearranging the sentence to remove doesn't, the resulting sentence sounds a bit archaic.
    – IQAndreas
    Apr 16, 2014 at 5:31

Her assistance, noticeable only by its absence, accomplishes nothing.


Her assistance is entirely absent...

-- Still contains a "to be" verb but feels stronger:

Her assistance does not accomplish...

  • We could observe the incompatibility between her and the ability assisting us in accomplishing ...
  • We have encountered her inability to assist us in accomplishing ...
  • We soon find that her inability to assist us in accomplishing ...
  • They are frustrated by her inability to assist them in accomplishing ...
  • We should find ways to deal with her inability to assist us in accomplishing ...
  • I am sick and tired of her inability to assist us in accomplishing ...
  • I don't want her as a member in the task force due to her inability to assist us in accomplishing ...

She's not assistive in accomplishing... All through his employment at Glorious Enterprises, Mr. Troy was appreciated for his assistive nature, marketing skills...

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