Questions tagged [auxiliary-verbs]

Use this tag if you are asking about the usage of ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Auxiliary/Helping Verbs.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Auxiliary/Helping Verbs are verbs that are used with other full verbs to make the different tenses, voice or modality in a sentence.

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What is the grammar rule for “might + verb1, and verb2”?

Exposing individuals' personal data might make them vulnerable to cyber fraud and piracy, which might result in them losing money and put/puts their privacy at risk. When I write might + verb1, ...
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Should I repeat the “is” here?

It is used very frequently and is idiomatic. Or It is used very frequently and idiomatic. Should I repeat the auxiliary verb is in this context? Are there any rules for this? Thanks in advance.
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Make a new sentence with the verb in brackets

Many bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. (to be believed). I thought it could be "Many bacteria believed to be resistant to antibiotics". But it sounds weird to me. :(
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use of to be as future [closed]

I would like to know the use of to be here in a below sentences For example, "work will start" can I write in this way "work to be started". Since, I'm going to put this sentence in a heading and I'm ...
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Present infinitive with have as auxiliary?

What exactly is happening here in bold? Is it in the passive voice of the present infinitive with have as auxiliary verb? The scene had to be viewed to be appreciated.
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How to use “both”?

A father comes back home from a long journey. He addresses his children complimenting the two of them for having grown up so much. Will he say: "Look how you've grown up both of you!" or rather "Look ...
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Why are auxiliary verbs omitted in informal English?

In informal English i see people to say and text 1: you married? 2: he told to not come 3: you done? 4: the paragraph written in informal English So on How the sentences make sense without any ...
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I might want you to

Is this No.1 a valid sentence to make a request politely? I might want you to include these items in the agenda. Or is just saying like this a lot better? I would like you to include ...
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“It may not seem” vs “It may seem not”

Are these 2 examples both grammatically valid? Are there any differences in the tone or the meaning? A. It may not seem strange. B. It may seem not strange.
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Is “not” a conjunction in “I want Joe, not him”?

I have been studying the word not lately and noticed it is not a conjunction just by itself and it is actually an adverb. Now, when we use following types of sentences, what is not's grammatical ...
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Does “not” modify main verb or adverb?

I was trying to understand why can't we say I have not money, and the answer was that have doesn't mean possession here, it is an auxiliary verb(AV) to make a perfect tense, which requires main verb --...
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Explanation of using 'had had'

We wish that we had had more time last night. Why 'had' used twice here?
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'used to' & 'had to' … what tenses are these?

What are the tenses here? He used to play football professionally, but he had to quit because of an injury. The first clause, with 'used to play' and the second clause, with 'had to quit' ... are ...
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Can “would” be used to express the future in the past?

Link to page 43 I think in this link, on page 43, most of "would" seem to have been used to express the future in the past. For example, 1.George Bamberger would go on to become a major league ...
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After verb DO(auxillary verb) main verb should be in base form or V1

when we are using DO as auxillary verb the main verb used should be in which form, base form or V1? Example :I do understand. Here 'Understand' is in Base form or V1?
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Is Must really an Auxiliary Verb?

Can we use short answers as a proving method for modal verbs? The rule regarding the short answer to affirmative or negative statements is to repeat the auxiliary verb. eg: "I can fly." "So can I." "...
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The use of do and does as an auxilliary verb?

1) All of these things doesn't give me an excuse to run away? 2) All of these things doesn't gives me an excuse to run away? 3) All of these things don't gives me an excuse to run away? 4) All of ...
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Auxiliary verb difference meaning: Is closed/Has closed

A topic is here: How different, has closed VS has been closed? I searched, but it doesn't answer this question: Could I use The museum is closed, and The museum has closed? Both? I think that "has ...
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auxiliary in inversion without a negation

I thought we must use auxiliary verbs in sentences with inversion only when we have an explicit (not, never) or implicit (only if, hardly, little) negation. But I have come across the next sentence: ...
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Are “what is (something) stand for?” and “how is this happen?” correct?

I heard someone saying "what is (something) stand for?" and another question format "how is this happen?" Are these questions grammatically correct?
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VERB+ED Without Auxiliary

Ironically, however, investment has been lackluster in the period India’s ease of doing business ranking (...?...) improved. and According to World Bank, approximately two-third of the data ...
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Why “which train goes to” not which train does go to

One day, I was teaching this kid English. We were talking about using "which" in different sentences. Then It came to using which with Inanimate objects and while we were discussing about it, he ...
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Are these sentence correct “What things can make you cry?”, “What can things make you cry?”?

I don't know whether or not these sentence are correct. The following sentence shows below. "What things can make you cry?" "What can things make you cry?" I have found some article about auxiliary ...
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Can adverbs modify auxiliary verbs such as may, can, will, must, shall, should, would, could, do, and need?

For example, "You always can trust me" According to my grammar book, "You can always trust me" is always the correct form, but I'm not sure whether "You always can trust me" is wrong and whether "...
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Correctness of “had had made”

My logical programmer brain made me write "had had made" in a sentence like John talked about a spare key that he had had made and which turned out not to work when he actually needed it. My ...
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Can the sentence go well without “is”

A sentence written on a parcel: The box has one side opening and secured by shipping label. Shouldn't we use an auxiliary verb is before secured by...? Or could it be left out without affecting ...
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Form of first conditional in the past

He throws away all the pictures that will remind him of his girlfriend if he sees them When we are talking about this event that happened in the past ,what is the correct form? He threw away ...
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Would vs Would have

He threw away all pictures that would remind him of his girlfriend. He threw away all pictures that would have reminded him of his girlfriend. What is the difference between those sentences? ...
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On the grammaticality of “What it is that you fear is unfounded.”

Is the construction What it is that you fear is unfounded. grammatically correct? I am somewhat confused about what the subject of the first auxilary is is. Is it what, or is it it?
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Do we need to use “are” three times in this sentence?

I said: Nanobots are bots that created from nanomaterials and comparable in size to a molecule. But the teacher told me: Nanobots are bots that are created from nanomaterials and are comparable ...
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“Should you require X, you are to advise us by date Y”

When someone says: Should you require X, you are to advise us by date Y — does that also mean that I am to advise them even if I do not require X? Or does that only say that advising them is only ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically incorrect and is it used colloquially?

(1) I don't know what graph theory is. According to the grammar, I believe it should be: (2) I don't know what is graph theory. But is it spoken colloquially the way I wrote it in (1)? Grammar ...
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How does one use the auxiliary verbs, went and gone [duplicate]

I hear people say, I had/have went as in, ‘I had went to the movies the other night. Shouldn’t it be either I had gone or I went?
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Is it grammatically correct to use full sentence when answering questions instead of using only auxilliary verbs?

Is it correct and natural to reply to the question Do you have any cars? by saying the following? Yes, I have some cars. Does it always have to be the short form? Yes I do
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The Passive Auxillary

The company is being taxed The company has been taxed The company has been being taxed These are three examples listed in a book on syntax. In the first one, the book suggests that "is" is ...
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Where Went My Empty Nest?

Where Went My Empty Nest? Why does this question have no auxiliary verb? Is this question grammatically incorrect? [The phrase is used as title of a New York Times' article]
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Complicated “conditional sentences”

A lottery seller said to me: If you win the round, a TV set will be the prize you will be winning. My mother said to me: If you had stayed in England, it would be the fifth year you were ...
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Who did have vs who had

I want to make wh question from the sentence "John had lunch". I want to know which is correct: 1- Who had lunch? 2- Who did have lunch?
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“Remove the auxiliaries from the sentences”: Why were my answers wrong?

This exercise is from "Writing Better English" by Ed Swick first edition (page 18, exercise 1.8 - No. 14 & 15) . The original question is: remove the auxiliaries from the following sentences and ...
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On a phrase that combines “can be” and “no longer”

Can someone answer which one is correct between can no longer be or can be no longer Example) The cars can no longer be used as public vehicles. The cars can be no longer used as public ...
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Correct auxiliary verb form [closed]

What would be the right form of the auxiliary verb here and why? choosing suitable tools are vital or choosing suitable tools is vital
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Question about 'gotta'

I came across an amazing video, on YouTube it's called "It's raining, what the hell". And I want to use in my English class, but there is one particular phrase that I cannot wrap my head around. And ...
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Usage of was/is with always

I came across a question which asked to fill the blank with is, am, was or were: "The puppy _______ always naughty." I'm confused between: "The puppy was always naughty" and "The puppy is always ...
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Differences between using auxiliary verb “is” in a question in different “positions”

Context: someone is taking an exam reads the following question: "What is GDP?" "What GDP is?" What are the differences between the questions? Are both grammatically correct? If yes, are ...
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Using Primary auxiliary “did” with two verbs using “and”

Please consider these two sentences: (a) Did the train arrive at 11:00 and departed at 11:15? vs (b) Did the train arrive at 11:00 and depart at 11:15? Another sentence: (a) Did you ...
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Doesn't vs not/without

He does not ride a bike wearing a helmet. Or He rides a bike not/without wearing a helmet. Second sentence He doesn't cross the road while talking on mobile Or He crosses the road while ...
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Regarding a certain definition of the auxiliary “have”

Oxford Dictionaries defines have in the 4th sub-entry under the 2nd entry as: 2.4 [with object and complement] Cause to be in a particular state or condition. What would be a synonym that has an ...
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Would [past habit]

Can we omit using "would" again if there are several actions in a sentence. Ex. "In the first place upon coming home he would lock himself in his room, [would] grab a book and [would] read it for ...
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Auxiliary verbs in “afraid that” clause

I'd like to know what auxiliary verbs I can use in "I'm afraid that...". For example, I'm afraid that she will/may/might/would/should be mad at me if I cancel the plan, so I won't cancel it. ...
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Shouldn't it be “…garbage is dumped” instead of “are’?

Garbage is singular and I don't think quantity has something to do here. Woman: Talk dirty to me! Man: 14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year. Most of it is plastic.

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