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 would be the right form of the auxiliary verb here and why?

choosing suitable tools are vital or choosing suitable tools is vital Thanks in Advance.
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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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Which of the phrases sounds natural?

Could you please tell me whether the question is grammatical? Which of the phrases sound natural? Don't we need to use auxiliary verb do/does here to form a question?
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Is the auxiliary verb “have” declared implicitly in this sentence?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: After having accused the Congress of working in favour of Pakistan, it appears to resurrected the issue of "citizenship". At first glance, the sentence ...
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Catenative Clause and Canonical Clause

Consider the following sentence - She was working. [Function] Subject: She [Category: Noun Phrase] and [Function] Predicate: was working [Category: Verb Phrase] Now consider the verb phrase - ...
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“There is/has got to be an explanation.” — which verb to use there?

I just came across the following sentence; There has got to be an explanation. I think has has been wrongly/mistakenly used there and should better be replaced with is.
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Could, present or past?

The Last Supper portyays the apostles' shock upon hearing Jesus's Jesus's prediction of his betrayal. It can be seen in the Covent of Santa Maria della Grazie in Millan. At a whopping 180×360 inches, ...
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“time for you to have to go” is wrong?

I would like to know if the expression below is wrong, and if then, why it is. Wow, the time is up. It is time for you to have to go. I know the sentence below can be much simpler than that, but I ...
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Which is the correct one “You idiot” OR “you're an idiot”

"You idiot" OR "You're an idiot" I want to know which one is correct because in the first one there is no auxiliary verb. As I know if I wanted to say that someone is like someone/thing I'll say "...
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Equivalents to the present tense

Do this to avoid having to do the dishes. Do this to not do the dishes. I am not sure what tense the first sentence is, I feel it's in the simple present too, but I am not sure. Is there a ...
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Past tense of “dare” auxiliary verb [closed]

Dare as an auxiliary verb is used as: I dare threaten her. How to change it into the past tense? Thank you.
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Auxiliary verb after interrogative

I have a problem with auxiliary verbs in questions with interrogatives. I can't feel the difference between following questions. "What do tenses use in the essay?" or "What tenses use in the essay"? ...
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How does the auxiliary verb work in “What's the main thing a paramedic does have to do?”

What's the main thing a paramedic does have to do? What's the main thing a paramedic has to do? How can we use the auxiliary verbs after such sentences like that?
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When was he hung and they freed?

Today I got confused with the sentence: "When was he hung and they freed?" How should it be said if I want to use only one auxiliary verb? 1) When was he hung and they freed? 2) When were ...
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Question formation, helping verbs usage

What could have we done? Or What could we have done? Which one is the correct usage. As in an interrogative sentence, helping verbs should come before the subject so I think first structure is ...
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Do anything you want or do anything you want to do

Recently, I came across a piece of news. It was about girls being sold off for marriage by their parents after reaching a certain age and how they were not allowed to live as they pleased. After ...
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Difference between 'could have' and 'could have been'

E.g. First one is: The incident could have happened. And the second one is: The incident could have been happened. What is the difference in terms of their meaning? Or is there any grammatical ...
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Making 4 types of question [closed]

What the right way to make 4 types of question with "has" in the sentence? My take on this, though it's really wrong I'm pretty sure: She has to get up early. Has she to get up early? Has she to ...
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Why can't “could” be used with action verbs in the past tense?

But you should only use ‘was/were able to’ with action verbs to talk about an ability related to a single event or incident in the past. Examples: I was able to surprise my teacher yesterday. ...
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Can “could” be used in the past tense sentences without past verb clauses?

He used a microphone, so everyone could hear his voice. This is an example sentence of "voice" in my dictionary. I've heard that "could" is not the past tense of "can", so in the past tense, the ...
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modal choice: will or would?

Is "would" correct in the following? If so, how does it differ from "will"? The mayor has decided to build an amusement park because it would / will attract many tourists. I'd appreciate your help....
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“How much reduction” or “How would reduction”

I have a method A, which is used to reduce the computation of difficult models. I would like to say that using this method will provide a great reduction in the computation of the model. Method A ...
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“.. + had + had + past-participle + ..”

I know the cases like I had had a headache yesterday. where had had is grammatically correct. Is ".. + had + had + past-participle + .." grammatically correct the way used in the following sentences, ...
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Have got usage question

Consider this: We have got to go back - Luke Skywalker in Star Wars V I don't think it is actually present perfect usage but certainly used like that syntactically. It is more like simple ...
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“be made of gold”

Our houses have made of gold [Present Perfect tense] Our houses were made of gold [Past Simple tense] Our houses are made of gold I don’t understand why some people prefer to use are + past ...
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“I don't think he will leave” vs. “I don't think he would leave”

What is the difference between will and would in the following context? John: Hey Subha, did you know Lionel Messi has got a huge offer from PSG to join them? What do you think about the ...
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Difference between “will” and “would” for predictions

What is the difference between will and would in the following sentence? In the following news link, why is would used instead of will? Here is the link and the headline: Why the US would never ...
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Is “I have posted the letter last week” grammatical?

Is this sentence grammatically OK? Take a look at this sentence: I have certainly posted the letter last week. I wonder why it hasn't arrived yet. So what is the problem with this sentence? I took ...
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Question for 'Would' [duplicate]

I have a one question for 'Would' While the other children played kick the schumptel and ate doonkelberries, I would stand for hours. Above sentence, I already have known that he was stand for ...
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A little question about tag questions

Yesterday, when I talked with my friends in English, I found a slightly odd sentence in the conversation. Me: What is your idea about what restaurant we should go for dinner in this shopping street?...
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will … should they occur

I'd like to know whether the conditional clause "should they occur" requires an auxiliary like "will" in the main clause of the following: In general, governments [will?] act to prevent the ...
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Should + present infinitive or may + present infinitive? In case of expressing possibilities [duplicate]

Tom should know the address. Tom may know the address. In case of expressing possibilities can should and may be interchangeably used? or Is there any striking difference between them?
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Difference between 'should have and should have been'

Eg. First one is: The room should have cleaned. And the second one is: The room should have been cleaned. What is the difference in terms of their meaning?
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Is “get cut” a passive voice?

The wild flowers and herbs get cut before they have a chance to flower and propagate. I think the sentence is in the passive voice. Can we use get instead of are to form a passive form? When we ...
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What's the difference between “could”, “may” and “might”?

I knew that these auxiliary verbs mean the low possibility though. Should I use this one? For example: Even if you can not pick up English... you might be able to work abroad. you may be ...
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Why is “be” used in “Figuring out a vacation policy be particularly hard when you have employees around the world”?

I see the following sentence in this article Figuring out a vacation policy be particularly hard when you have employees around the world. Is putting "be" as the main verb grammatically correct? ...
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Why 'should' is used in “Most unfortunate that it should happen on Christmas day”?

"Most unfortunate that it should happen on Christmas day." I'm wondering why 'should' is used in the sentence. Any difference from: Most unfortunate that it happened/happens on Christmas day.?
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Express excitement about something possible in future

I want to say that I am excited to join school X, but at the same time, I want to tell that I might not be accepted there. Saying "I am very excited to join X" implicit that school X accepted me and ...
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The use of “would” as the future in the past

I'm reading a book and I've come across an use would that I cannot figure out what the author meant. In "The Lord would be found in his chambers", take note that before anything we know a character is ...
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Difference between the very soon and in a jiffy

I will be with you very soon vs. I will be with you in a jiffy Which of the two sentences is more correct?
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might help to test or might help test

This script is for testing purposes only.  You need to modify it using the new service data.  Also, the following procedure might help (to test \ test) the data and understand how the system works. I ...
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Usage of 'will' and 'would'

Would someone tell me whether to use 'will' or 'would' in the following? However, I realized eventually that those personal issues would not define my future but my academic performance would. ...