Every sentence contains an auxiliary. Why we don't use auxiliaries in the affirmative sentence of present indefinite tense?

Ex: I eat rice

No auxiliary.Why?

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    Who told you that every sentence contains an auxiliary? It's not true.
    – BillJ
    Jun 1, 2018 at 19:23
  • Then plz tell something about my given example.Why the sentence has no auxiliary verb? Jun 1, 2018 at 19:38
  • It has no auxiliary because it's simple present tense. Jun 1, 2018 at 20:30
  • If the main verb is present tense or past tense, and there's no question or negative, then you don't need an auxiliary verb. You need auxiliaries for negation, questions, inversions, predicate nouns and adjectives, and constructions like progressive, passive, perfect, causative, inchoative, and so on. But not in the simplest cases. Jun 1, 2018 at 22:04

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Not every sentence has an auxiliary.

The English verb can be a single word, as in

I eat rice.

I like music.

I went to the shops.

I am happy

In none of these examples is an auxiliary verb used. That is because English doesn't use an auxiliary verb for the simple present or simple past tense.

To express some tenses, to form questions, to express possibility, or passive voice English uses one or more auxiliary verbs.

I am reading a book.

I have seen the Statue of Liberty.

He will go, tomorrow.

Do you eat rice?

I can play piano

Salt was added to the batter.

He could have been helped

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