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Record prices might also be scaring off traders worried about buying at the top.

What is the role of "be" in the sentence? I would just write "might also scaring off traders".

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Auxillary verbs are always followed by the first form of verb. i.e; if you remove be ,you'd have to be saying something like this, Record prices might also scare off traders worried about buying at the top. Which is not apparently what you want to say

Be serves that purpose

  • So, what is an exact difference between "might be scaring off" and "might scare off" here? In both cases we have prices which can be scary for traders? – ziolek Feb 17 at 13:32
  • Might also scare of is Static. Whereas might also be scaring off is an on-going or recurring action. – user88834 Feb 17 at 13:38

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