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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Should I use the past tense with did?

Should I use the past tense with did? For example, I was to say: The important question is: Did they knew what it means or not? Or should I say: The important question is: Did they know what it ...
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Is “she don't” sometimes considered correct form?

Recently I was exposed to a lot of uses of "She don't + infinitive" (3rd person singular + don't), instead of "she doesn't + infinitive" (3rd person singular + doesn't). I'm not sure if it is a ...
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Should I say “what does it means” or “what does it mean”?

Sometimes, especially on this forum, I am wondering wether I should say "what does it mean" or "what does it means" ? And should I say "it means that..." or "it mean that..." ?
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Past participle vs being+past participle

What is the difference in the meaning between the following sentences: Being beaten by snow, he died. Beaten by snow, he died. Or: Being taken to the hospital, he survived. Taken to the ...
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“Why had you to” or “why did you have to”

I was solving a test on modals and there was the following line: What was the problem? Why _ leave early? The proposed fill-in combinations were: had you to did you have to must you you had to ...
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Difference between wouldn't and didn't [duplicate]

What is the difference between would not and did not? For example: I called my girlfriend but she wouldn't stop. I called my girlfriend but she didn't stop.
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When to use Does and Is while starting the Interrogative sentence?

I am confused which is the correct sentence Does your company works on php? Is your company works on php? Do your company works on php?
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'I wish' and counterfactual

What's the difference between the following sentences? (a) I wish they wouldn't make so much noise. (b) I wish they were not making so much noise. (c) I wish they did not make so much noise. ...
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Use “got” or “have got”?

Could you please tell me if you got some time to read the report? In this sentence, I have to use got or have got ? what is the difference between these two w.r.t. the meaning of the sentence?
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'Wouldn't wake up' vs. 'didn't wake up'

I'm reading an article about two pets rescuing their owners. After the cat managed to wake up the mother, she tried to wake up other members but they wouldn't wake up. Cathy tried to tell her ...
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She don't know that she's a lucky girl [duplicate]

Here's from an old song (1963) "She's A Fool" by Lesley Gore. She don't know that she's a lucky girl Here's another example, "Silence is Golden" (1964) by The Tremeloes [YouTube link] Oh, ...
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When to use “is” vs. “does” when asking a question?

When do I use is or does when I ask a question? For example, Is your item still for sale? Does your item still for sale? I am not sure which one to use.
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Have to / having to?

As fas as I know, "have to" is the commoner version of the two, but I'm finding more and more that "having to" is also used instead of "have to". She has to / is having to look after herself now. ...
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Why is “I'll be”, wrong as a short answer?

I was writing a text in English to an Italian girl friend of mine whose English is very good. In the text, I asked: Will you be coming to the staff party on Thursday? and she replied Yes, I'll ...
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How do I use the auxiliary “do” in questions?

Consider these two sentences: Who left the door open? and Who do you want to speak to? In the first question auxiliary do cannot normally be used, but in the latter question it can. Why is ...
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hadn't better; had better not

[i] He hadn’t better tell them. (CGEL, p.113) [ii] He had better not tell her. (CGEL, p.196) According to CGEL, negation can be marked after or before better. But I can’t find any examples of [i] ...
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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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Why do we use “have” with does and not “has”?

Does and has both are used with singular pronouns (He has the bottle , He does play cricket , etc) whereas Do and have are used with plural pronouns ( They have the bottle , Do they like cricket? , ...
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difference: be going; will

It’s not easy to discern which to choose among ‘be going to’ and ‘will’ to express a near future plan or intention. I’m going to bring up two cases. [A] In a situation that when one says “Oh, I’m hot,...
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Emphatic do-form with do as main verb

It is possible to use do as an auxiliary verb to denote emphasis: I do like ice cream Is it also possible to use it when do is the main verb as well? E.g.: I did do (it). He does do (it). ...
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Meaning of “ain't” in: “…we ain't know what it meant”

What is the meaning of the following line: We ain't know what it meant Putting ain't = aren't doesn't make sense. I'm left with putting ain't = haven't, but have requires the third form of know, ...
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I 'had' better get going (Why 'had'??)

I specifically want to know why the past tense of the word 'have' is used in this phrase. In modern casual English(at least in the US), everyone says ' I should better get going' or they completely ...
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“Did have” versus “had”

In the following sentence, why have author used "did have" instead of "had" ? Is it grammatically correct at all ? I don't want to diminish her achievements, but she did have a lot of help.
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When to use “do” in phrases which are not questions?

Example: You do need to drink more water. or You need to drink more water. What is the difference?
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'I did commented on your post' vs. 'I did comment on your post'

I did commented on your post. Is this a correct sentence? As you know that we often make emphatic sentences by using "did"but when we make them we use 1st form but here 2nd form is used. I am ...
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Conditional: “are not” vs. “don't be”

Consider the following phrases (someone is talking with a friend who is challenging some mobsters): If you are not careful, they will catch you. or If you don't be careful, they will ...
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“I will be loving you 'til we're 70” vs. “I will love you 'til we're 70”

From Ed Sheeran's song Thinking Out Loud: And, darling, I will be loving you 'til we're 70 Why is it not And, darling, I will love you 'til we're 70 ? Why is progressive used here?
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What does “ain't” mean in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?

This question is a follow up question of my previous question Meaning of "ain't" in: "...we ain't know what it meant" According to the Oxford Dictionary, ain't is used ...
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Help explaining “Where am I?” vs “…where I am”

I would like to explain to a non-native girlfriend that it's correct to say "Where am I?" on its own as a question, but if you want to say "Can you guess where I am?" or "Do you know where I am?" or "...
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'Would have known' vs 'could have known'

“I’ve thought and thought about how the killer got in, and I’m sure he must have followed her inside when she came in that morning, because of Derrick Wilson leaving his desk and being in the bathroom....
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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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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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“Why didn't he make the decision?” versus “Why hasn't he made the decision?”

Which auxiliary verb should I put in a question like this and why? Why didn't he make the decision? Why hasn't he made the decision?
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She couldn't come vs. she couldn't have come

What is the difference between "couldn't come" and "couldn't have come"? When we compare the below two example sentences: She couldn't come to the party. and She couldn't have come to the ...
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In ‘have to’, does ‘to’ have the obligation meaning?

When I come upon this sentence: I have to do something, I thought have to of it acts like a phrase, where the meaning is having an obligation. And have to is an auxiliary verb like must. But after ...
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Is it right to use “should have to”?

I have encountered this sentence: Universities should have to record sexual violence claims, says expert. Like the OP of this question noted, I believe we could choose either should or have to. ...
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Difference between “was to . . .” and “was to have”

What is the difference in the meaning between following sentences: John was to have picked strawberries yesterday but the downpour made the field too muddy. John was to pick strawberries ...
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Should I add s in questions that start with Could?

I'd like to ask a question like this, but I am not sure whether I should add s at the end of the verb Could you tell me how long it usually takes to ... ? or Could you tell me how long does it ...
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What does “may” mean?

“Well, Voldemort’s going to try other ways of coming back, isn’t he? I mean, he hasn’t gone, has he?” “No, Harry, he has not. He is still out there somewhere, perhaps looking for another body to ...
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When to use “am not” and “do not” in a sentence

"I don't know what I'd do without you" "I'm not know what I'd do without you" Are these sentences correct? What are the rules to use "not" in a sentence? To what is not pointing in the above ...
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'managed to' vs. 'could'

You use could for general ability, but if you want to say somebody did something in a specific situation, you use was/were able to, or managed to (not could). I looked very carefully and I could/ ...
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Correct usage of “must have to”

The construction 'must have to' is used in this sentence: Oh, it is locked. We must have to have the key to open it. Is this correct? Is there a better alternative phrasing?
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Position of not in questions

Is there any difference between the following sentences? Could not you help him? Could you not help him? For me, it seems as if the first sentence is more like a complaint 'You didn't help him, ...
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differentiating between “would like” and “like to”

I would like to play tennis today I like to play tennis today Would you tell me which one you would rather use?
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“Be obsessing over” vs. “be obsessed with/by”?

Lucille: Whoever's behind this whole thing has his connections right in the department. Any leads? Marv: One guy I talked to told me it was Roark running the show. Lucille: Whoever it is, he ...
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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 this grammatical? 'Looks like a couple of Pikachus are out of hit points'

I saw this sentence on the internet. Uh-oh! Looks like a couple of Pikachus are out of hit points I wonder how two verbs (look, be) exist in one sentence. Is the grammar in this sentence right?
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Various usages of needn't

Could anyone possibly simply tell me which of the following would be correct? Tell her she needn't work tonight. Tell her she doesn't need to work tonight.
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meaning of been? [closed]

What is the meaning of the word been? Can you use been on it’s own without to have(has been, have been, had been, etc.) Can you say that been is as same as was? Why is it past participle, rather ...
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Tag question: Two hours should be enough time, ________?

The complete sentence is: Two hours should be enough time for passengers to travel from Taipei to Kaohsiung by high speed rail, isn't it? Is it grammatically correct to use "isn't it" in the above ...