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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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“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 or may? 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. ...
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Using “does” + verb in an affirmative sentence

Is it good to write "does" and then verb in an affirmative sentence? Also, should then, the verb ends with 's'? Like: "She does play(-s?) guitar". Should I put -s? Is it common in a regular ...
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something was done and something done?

The outline was then drawn in green and the centre point plotted in the centre of the circle as a red dot. Is it necessary to add 'was' before 'plotted' to present a passive voice? I sometimes see ...
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We already working on the project - We are already working on the project? [closed]

Which sentence is correct? We already working on the project We are already working on the project ?
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To do, or not to do: that is the question

I came across the following sentence structure: But 15‐year‐olds, on average, probably take more risks than adults do. I would rather write But 15‐year‐olds, on average, probably take more ...
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“twice the height of” is it a noun or an adjective?

[A] Which is correct? Tower A is twice the height of tower B. Tower A has twice the height of tower B. Is the phrase "the height of" used as a noun (height) or as an adjective (high)? ...
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“Cavaliers are”, “Lakers are”, “Knicks are” etc. VS “Cavaliers is”, “Lakers is”, “Knicks is” etc. (American English)

As far as I know, in American English, we can see singular team names as either plural or singular. So, "Golden State are the best team in the NBA" and "Golden State is the best team in the NBA" are ...
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I been patiently waiting ! Where is have?

Explain me please, why there is no auxiliary verb "have" in this sentence : I been patiently waiting ?
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What does "being' mean here?

Moses survived floating down the Nile in a basket, being in the presence of Yahweh, the ten plagues of Egypt, a jaunt across the Red Sea, and 40 years in the desert. My question is: What does "being" ...
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Is the usage of auxiliary verb “is” correct in the following sentence?

Agency is a system integrator of innovation processes in the region, manages infrastructure projects of innovation development, coordinates the implementation of NTI roadmaps (National technology ...
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Omission of auxiliary verb

I was reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and then I happened to notice something like this: The mountains around the school became icy grey and the lake like chilled steel. I ...
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Usage of “I am done”

Why is I am reached incorrect while I am done is correct? Ex: I reached office at 9am today is correct while I am reached at 9am is incorrect. But I am done with this project is correct. Can someone ...
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Make a question of this sentence

For this sentence: This way we couldn't make him aware of the changes we've made in his home How can we make a positive question to get listener's confirmation, with emphasis on the current ...
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Meaning of “should have past particle”

Because of heavy snow, my car should have gotten stuck. What does this sentence mean? When I looked for should have pp, I found this: Should have + past participle 1: Should have + past ...
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“What happened during the earthquake” or“ what did happen during the earthquake”?

I somehow know that the first one is the correct one. I just don't know how to justify it. What do you think? Do we have to use an auxiliary all the time or is it correct not to in this case? Why?
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'Can be fined or are fined ' What's the difference between them?

A) People who drop litter can be fined in some countries. B) People who drop litter are fined in some countries. In the sentence A the subject speaks about the possibility of the action-fining so ...
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Do questions with “which” need auxiliary verbs to make a question?

Which is correct: Which websites do report unbiased news about Iran? or Which websites report unbiased news about Iran?
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Can I use “Who is you” when I ask a robot?

An artificially intelligent robot performs as a human being but it's not a person. If I ask someone else about this robot, I must ask "What is it?" (considering it as an object) but when I ask this ...
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Pronoun + do + main verb question

The sentence: Pupils who play sports forget to have a good time during the years they do play because they’re so focused on winning. Questions: How should I understand the meaning of "do" after "...
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Any+has or have?

Let's say you are watching how burgers are made. Then, the t.v host cracked a joke by saying: Any foodies who have made it this far, look away now. Or Any foodies who has made it this far, look ...
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Can this be ommitted? (substitutive verb)

The sentence is this: I don't want to make anyone do anything that I don't want to (do). Can I omit the word 'do' in parentheses? please, tell me.
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What does “if something would do” mean in a imperative sentence?

I've thought "would" in an "if" clause is only used to mean the subject's will in subjunctive past or second conditional, but I have come across another usage: That vs. Which: What's the Difference?...
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Questions with “does”

Can you please help me better explain the structure below to my student? "Does beauty has standards?" Isn't the rule that the second verb (have) goes in the infinitive form in questions with do/does?...
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why no auxiliary in “you haven't a hope”

Why no auxiliary is used in the phrase "you haven't a hope"? I've heard "don't have" and "haven't got" patterns only. Have never come across this one.
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“did you” vs. “do you”

What is the difference between "did you" and "do you" in the following two sentences: Did you want to schedule a meeting? Do you want to schedule a meeting? I can't understand this usage for "do you"...
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Can “I have not” be used as an answer to “Do you have chicken for lunch?”

Q: Do you have chicken for lunch? If I want to answer this question I can say no, I don't or I have not
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Is the auxiliary verb “do” required in WH-questions: “Which security flaws these protocols have?”

In the following question Which security flaws does these protocols have? Is the auxiliary verb "does" necessary? Would the sentence still be grammatically correct if I omitted it, in which case ...
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Do/does in given scenarios

When does your University's admission procedures start? or When do your University's admission procedures start? When do his cars arrive? or When does his cars arrive? When does his parents come ...
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What is the difference between the two sentence using auxiliary verb of different place?

There are two sentences. You can possibly do this. You possibly can do this. I have heard that there are some differences in the two sentences using the auxiliary verb of the different place. What ...
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“If you'll come this way, Ms___ will see you now”

In some situations if can be followed by will, would or going to in the same clause. If you'll come this way, Ms Taylor will see you now. When I used the example above, my English teacher at ...