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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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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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, ...