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

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Omitting auxiliary verbs

Native speakers often tend to simplify their language, for example they shorten phrases ("I would like to" becomes "I'd like to", etc.). Taking this into account, do native English ...
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Are causative verbs auxiliary verbs?

I can't seem to find any definitive information on this topic, as most sources simply say "these are called causative verbs" and leave it at that. To my mind, they act like auxiliary verbs ...
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What is this grammatical feature in LOTR - Fellowship? [duplicate]

"Behold! You are come to Cerin Amroth", said Haldir. What grammatical function does 'are' serve? Is it like have in 'You have come to...'? In German you form the present perfect by using '...
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Can the auxiliary verb do/does/did replace a transitive verb?

In Ariana Grande's song off the table there's the verse: Will I ever love somebody like the way I did you? Can we use the auxiliary verb to replace a transitive verb like "love"? For ...
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Does this sentence sound weird and unnatural? If so, what do you think is a better/correct sentence structure? [closed]

It seems this would be the last time we will talk about this. I don't get the auxiliary verbs (would, will) used in the sentence above. Isn't it better to say, "It seems this would be the last ...
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"Have you?" vs "do you?" in awkward sentence

This question arises from a debate between friends about what is "technically" more correct in this sentence: "You don't happen to have read <book name>, do you?" Should ...
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Use of ‘had’ in Indian English

Soon after she encountered the experience while proceeding to New Delhi, the Thoothukudi MP had tweeted, “Today at the airport a CISF officer asked me if I am an Indian, when I asked her to speak to ...
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What should be the correct auxiliary verb, did or do? [duplicate]

Which one is correct, “if you ever did it again?” or “if you ever do it again?” The act has already been done once by a character A, much to character B’s dislike. Now, if B warns A not to repeat the ...
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Placement of the auxiliary verb within a sentence

When using do as auxiliary verb for emphasis, could one swap it around in a sentence or not? For example, Do please check the details beforehand. Please do check the details beforehand. Are both ...
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Will vs Would? Can both of them be used for future [closed]

I doubt she will do anything. I doubt she would do anything. Which one is grammatically correct? Please also mention if there is any grammatical error in the following sentence: "The lady ...
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How many auxiliary verbs does the sentence below have?

I had a disagreement with someone about the sentence below. "The homework has been completed". A friend said there aren't two auxiliaries but as I see it, there are three verbs: has, been, ...
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Are there terms to distinguish the auxiliary verbs in a multi-auxiliary verb phrase?

In phrase constructions that include multiple auxiliary verbs, as in "he has been sleeping all day", is there terminology commonly used to distinguish them? For example, might you call the ...
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In the phrase, "it better be good", what part of speech is ”better”?

Clearly the verb in the sentence in "it better be good" is "be", but what is "better"? Is it an auxiliary or an adverb?
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dare I say (it) [duplicate]

used when you are saying something that you think other people may not like This famous novel is a little, dare I say it, dull. https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/dare-i-say-it Is ...
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Inversion without auxiliary verb? [duplicate]

It's pretty normal when people use inversion in a sentence like this one (with the aux verb at the front): "In no way do I agree with what you're saying." But I'm not sure if these belong to ...
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The Auxiliary “Be” in the King James Bible

The King James Bible has Job 30:2 as “Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?” which I understood to mean, “What use are their hands to me, men whose ...
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the auxiliary “need” (in affirmative sentences?)

I remember being told the modal “need” is used only in interrogative and negative sentences and was for quite a long time more idiomatic than the normal forms, but is there anything wrong with the ...
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Auxiliary verb reduction in not only - but also structure

I was wondering if it is correct to reduce the auxiliary verb of a not only - but also sentence that has multiple clauses sharing that same auxiliary verb, for example: Not only did I finish my ...
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Can an auxiliary verb (i.e. "has") be used outside a verb phrase, with the same meaning?

Lets use the word "has" as an example. We can say "he has done his work", where "has" is an auxililary verb for the main verb "done". There is also another way ...
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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 ...
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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 “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’ question tag

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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