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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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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use of to be as future

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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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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Do “I can't remember” and “I don't remember” mean the same thing?

I don't remember and I can't remember Do these mean the same? I translated it to my mother tongue using Google translate and the translation is the same, but I have a feeling that it's not ...
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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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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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difference between won't and wouldn't

I hoped you won't mind when I told you the truth. I hoped you wouldn't mind when I told you the truth. First of all, I would like to know what differences do the use of won't and wouldn't ...
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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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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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“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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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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Help understanding “to have” in sentences like “I would have liked to have invited few people.”

Yes, I am still confused with the sentences like ' to have' but not all the sentences related 'to have'. I can understand the sentences below: I am happy to have been invited by him. He was ...
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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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What does 'would have [past participle]' mean in these sentences?

For me, it's hard to figure out what 'would have [past participle]' means in these sentences because the meaning seems to vary in different sentences even though the forms are the same. Would it make ...
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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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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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Verb form in secondary clause when main clause uses an auxiliary

Microwave heating can offer rapid and homogeneous heating and thus avoids unwanted temperature gradients. I'm confused about whether to use a singular or plural verb in the secondary clause of a ...
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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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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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What's the difference of “I'm find that …” and “I find that …” and other variations?

What are the differences between the following? I'm find that ... I find that ... I found that... I have found that... Also, is "I'm find that ..." a correct way to begin a sentence? ...
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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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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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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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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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The second verb “BE” can be omitted after “AND”?

Can a second "BE" verb be omitted after "AND"? For example: This book IS good and IS composed of three chapters. Can the second "IS" be omitted?
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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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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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“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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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. Why does the writer use get instead of are ? When we have to use ...
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Which one of the following is correct?

Which one of the following is correct? (1) I am cooking lunch. (2) I have been cooking lunch. Besides, if aforementioned are correct, I want to know the difference between I am cooking and I ...
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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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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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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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Does anyone “has” or “have”

I have read a similar question here but that one talks about the usage of has/have with reference to "anyone". Here, I wish to ask a question of the form: Does anyone has/have a black pen? What ...

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