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An auxiliary verb modifies the main verb to give more information about the main verb.

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Which one would be correct to use in a poetic way?

Can I make an interrogative sentence without using any Helping Verb? For instance: Blood is sticking onto the attire on my body; now what my pocket needs for darning? I want to say my pocket ...
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NICE Properties of Auxiliary Verbs

BACKGROUND According to this ThoughtCo. article titled "NICE Properties of Auxiliary Verbs": NICE is an acronym for the four syntactic characteristics that distinguish auxiliary verbs from lexical ...
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“These children were abducted by a member of their own family.” vs. “These children were abducted by members of their own families.”

I'm having trouble figuring out which sentence is the most acceptable. The subject and object are both plural, but it sounds more natural using a singular object. Also, I can't figure out if the ...
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Is there an alternative grammar term for 'auxiliary (verb)'?

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language consistently uses the term "auxiliary (verb)" to refer to be, have, do, will/can/may/must, etc., but CGEL doesn't treat auxiliaries as mere assistants (i....
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Is this an Auxiliary verb or a Lexical one?

I am studying auxiliary verbs, and I saw that "to dare" is a modal auxiliary. However, this sentence is somehow confusing, "He does not dare to interrupt." My question is: Is "to dare" a modal ...
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Confusion in the selection of Verb/Auxiliary Verb

Below are the sentences 1) from scientific Journal 2) from a book. Since both are published text, however, my confined knowledge makes me ask this question. In 1) sentence two things are mentioned "...
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Is it correct? 'Have you no sense?' [duplicate]

Is this sentence correct, 'Have you no sense?' I have read this type of sentences many times, they're being used frequently but the structure of the sentence seems strange to me. In my opinion this ...
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Is “are just can't” correct?

Some curves are just can't be flattened. Shouldn't it just be "Some curves just can't be flattened"? Asking for corrections and suggestions. Thanks in advance.
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Distribution of auxiliary verb over infinitives

I have a doubt regarding the use of auxiliary verb. When we use an auxiliary verb in a sentence , and suppose it does two tasks and we join them using ,say, 'and' , Is there a need for us to repeat ...
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What is the history of “may” being used to mean “must”?

According to (online) Merriam-Webster, "may" has the following two distinct definitions, among others 1 b: have permission to 4: SHALL, MUST —used in law where the sense, purpose, or policy ...
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Weak or strong? Auxiliary verbs + not/been and dummy subject there

I read somewhere that auxiliary verbs are always strong (stressed or pronounced with full vowels) when combined with not. I'm not talking about contractions but when they're fully enunciated: You are ...
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“Oh boy, do I love it!” What kind of grammatical structure is this?

I think I’ve heard some people express their enthusiasm/strong emotion by starting a sentence with a verb as in a question form. How common is this and for what kind of sentence will it be awkward to ...
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What is the grammar of “CJ Dennis had 2 edit suggestions approved”?

I'm trying to explain the grammar of CJ Dennis had 2 edit suggestions approved to other people, however, the more I try to explain it, the more confused I get about it myself. The context is from ...
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When do we use this construction? Auxiliary verb + subject + verb

I was trying to find some info about this construction but couldn't succeed, although I happen to encounter it here and there almost every day. So the construction is: auxiliary verb + subject + verb. ...
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When can I omit the auxiliary verb in Past Perfect…?

I've come across two examples of past-perfect in the textbook and was wondering if someone could please explain why the latter sentences still use 'had' and why it shouldn't be omitted: 1) When I ...
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Auxiliary “do” in questions, sometimes mandatory, sometimes not [duplicate]

I have doubts about the "do" auxiliary in questions, and its use, and what makes it mandatory. Is it true that "How many XXX have you got?" is wrong? And why do you have to put the auxiliary here, I'...
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Grammatical corrections (use of is and has)

The traditional power grid is designed 120 years ago and has not kept pace with modern-day challenges like....etc My question is in the first part I used "is" and lateral I used "has not". Is this ...
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auxiliary do-support: do murder

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, page 98, reads Auxiliary do was used more widely in earlier stages of the language, and in certain genres one comes across archaic uses that go ...
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Is Have To/Has To a verb, auxiliary verb, or modal? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what is the actual verb in this sentence: "I have to study". Is the verb "have" or "study" ? Is the verb "have" and "to study" the infinitive?
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Use of has/ have [duplicate]

I was practicing for my English test then I came across this question. This is one of the best novels that have appeared this year. that that has to have No improvement According ...
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What is the answer? <--What's the subject?

This might seem like a simple question, but I'm not sure it definitely is. What is the Subject, in its most likely reading, of the question: What is the answer? Is it the noun phrase (NP) ...
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Until yesterday, I didn't know today “is” or “was”

Until yesterday, I didn't know today is Christmas day. Or, Until yesterday, I didn't know today was Christmas day.
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“will be finally” or “will finally be”?

What I know is that adverbs are positioned between "be" verb and passive verb, but I can find many examples of both sentences: "will be finally deleted" OR "will finally be deleted"? "have ...
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What topicalizing role does “do” play in “Only now do we have what we need to move forward”?

In the sentence "Only now do we have what we need to move forward", the word do clearly has some emphasizing meaning. But I would like a more precise understanding. Topicalization and fronting are ...
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Not your run of the ‘will’ tag question

The following example is from an Italian Quiz book whose aim is to help candidates prepare for English multiple choice tests. In many government run “concorsi” (competitive exams) you might have to ...
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must have washed downstream VS must have been washed downstream

There are two hikers hiking near a stream. One of them seeing it in says: Look! A miner's old pack and gear! Must have washed downstream! My question is: Is it just a simple passive voice sentence ...
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Is using “if you would” instead of “if you will” in the sense of “if you wish/want/like” technically “correct”?

I may be wrong here, but I think of the verb "will" as in the set phrase "if you will" as an actual verb, with the rare sense "wish, desire, want", not as a mere future marker. Therefore, in this ...
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Use of infinitive form verb following “do” as emphasis

I’ve seen both versions of this sentence. Which one is correct? (Should both “matter” be infinitive or just the first one?) Thanks However, it did matter and matter a lot. However, it did matter and ...
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Is it appropriate to omit an auxiliary verb in this case?

In the statement: Exports are a virtue and imports are a vice Would it be okay to omit the second "are"? Thus becoming: Exports are a virtue and imports a vice If it was grammatically ...
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What Does He Do

I'm teaching conversational English to ESL students in Korea, but I don't have a strong background in grammar. I can tell them how we say things, but cannot always explain why it is that way. Today, ...
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Which is correct: “where she went” or “where did she go”?

My friend asked me about my colleague and I replied him that "I don't know where she went". Then he replied that I must say like "I don't know where did she go". Is there any mistake in the former ...
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Can “taken” be used without an auxiliary verb? “When taken to this extreme…”

Is it correct to use "taken" without an auxiliary (helping) verb? For example: In some cases, a more powerful racial group justifies the domination and, horribly, even the complete destruction of ...
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can “should” be used as a modal auxiliary verb for emphasis in a conditional?

Based on the grammar books, for example, https://guidetogrammar.org/grammar/auxiliary.htm "Do & did" are used as an auxiliary verb for emphasis as in He does like spinach He never did ...
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has grown vs is grown

What is the correct auxiliary in a sentence like this: In the last years the number of some-things is/has grown. ?
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Tense form after the word did

I read this explanation about did from http://www.learnersdictionary.com/qa/did-main-verb-base-form-or-past-tense-form . Does that mean all the verb after did in a question will remain as it is? ...
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The grammar of ‘things I hoped wouldn’t happen’ [closed]

I’m looking for the name of the grammar used in the phrase and what type of verbs can be used i. this way and some explanation as to the rule for using it: Some things I hoped wouldn’t happen in ...
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Time is come or Time has come [duplicate]

I was reading an article in The Economist and came across the phrase "Perhaps their time is come at last." The founder of the first vegan society said in 1944 that "in time [people] will view with ...
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Use of plural form of auxiliary verb for singular subject

This is an excerpt from an article published on the Nautilus website: ...We in the 21st century would be shocked if an educated adult were unable to identify the continents on a world map, yet we ...
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What do all the ways to express past events mean, and when is one better than the others?

I’d like to clear convey that the documents were all “sent on this day, the twenty-third of August”, which is today as of this writing. When would you use each of these constructions? I sent all the ...
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Can subject–auxiliary inversion in conditionals be used with non-auxiliary (arbitrary) verbs?

Can I say something like Come you there, I'll get you. ? Or should I only say something like Should you come there, I'll get you. ? I understand that it looks like I must use an auxiliary ...
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“You mean the guy who sells fruit?” or “Do you mean the guy who sells fruit?” [duplicate]

In conversation, which is correct: You mean the one with the guy who sells fruit? or Do you mean the one with the guy who sells fruit? My ESL student has asked me why we don't always include ...
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“What I saw was…” vs “What I saw were…”

Someone says I need to use "was", someone says to use "were". Which one is correct? What I saw were a driver and an attendant. or What I saw was a driver and an attendant.
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Can I substitute a main verb with an auxiliary verb in a subordinate clause if it has an object after?

There are no auxiliary verbs in my language, so I often struggle using them in English. If I want to substitute a main verb in a subordinate clause of a complex sentence, because it's the same as in ...
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Is this negation right?

I read the following sentence on the Internet: One of the biggest problems facing our brave space explorers as we extend our reach into the Solar System involves not the physical body but the mind. ...
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Verb Tenses and Auxiliary Verbs

Our train leaves at four-thirty tomorrow morning. This is probably a simple problem, but I am having difficultly finding a source that answers my specific question. I am having some trouble ...
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What type of word is “must”? [closed]

First of all, let me give you these example sentences: there is a storm there was a storm there has been a storm there had been a storm Every one of the above examples expresses that there certainly ...
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“Claim has received” or “was received”? [closed]

I am a medical claim collector. So most of the time I'm making calls to insurance companies and make notes. I used to write my comment as "The claim has received on 01.01.2018" but yesterday my ...
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What is the difference between who closed the door and who did close the door? [duplicate]

I was teaching past simple and there is this exercise in which we have to conjugate verbs to the past form. I know that we add an auxiliary to make a question, but do we sometimes omit this auxiliary ...
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Is article and auxiliary verb omission in modern English an emerging phenomenon? [duplicate]

I am obviously not talking about newspaper headlines etc. in this question. I tried looking it up online but wasn't able to find much. In many instances of spoken English (and, probably, making its ...
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it was as easy OR were as easy [duplicate]

How should i phrase this? She wished it was as easy as he thought. or She wished it were as easy as he thought.

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