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".


Might also scaring is not grammatical: modals such as might must be followed by the base form of the next verb.

Might also scare is grammatical, and is possible in this context.

Might also be scaring is also grammatical: "be scaring" is the so-called progressive form.

The difference between might scare and might be scaring is slight: might scare is timeless: it would often be used if the activity is yet to start, though it could also be used for an activity which is already happening, or has already happened.

Might be scaring specifically refers to something which is happening at the moment.


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 '19 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 '19 at 13:38

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