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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“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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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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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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When can we use “is” at the end of sentence?

You must leave the furniture as it is. you mustn't move anything. When can we use the verb to be at the end of sentence? UPDATE: The verb be is used in the following patterns: with a ...
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What is the difference between these two sentences-with or without 'was'?

"I was willing to do whatever was necessary to be the wife he wanted." "I was willing to do whatever necessary to be the wife he wanted." with or without "was" make a big difference?
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Sentence Correction

Which one is correct? What I want and how I want is matter. What I want and how I want does matter. What I want and how I want matters.
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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Future perfect auxiliary forms

‎Let today be monday. 1.We will have finished the work by Friday. 2.We would have finished the work by Friday. 3.We can have finished the work by Friday. 4.We could have finished the work by ...
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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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Which form is correct?

Which form of these two sentences is correct? Mike finds your bag, but is disappointed that you have no apples left. Mike finds your bag, but gets disappointed that you have no apples left.
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To have [noun] of [noun]: adjectival construction or meaninful phrase with specific connotations?

In the song Faith of the Heart, as in its title, you have two nouns connected with the preposition of. Please consider the following segment for instance: Cause I've got faith of the heart. I'm ...
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Do I need to use an auxiliary verb?

I have a sentence When tourists visit Australia? Now, my question is - do I need to put "do" in it? When do tourists visit Australia? I don't know why, but the first one seems more natural to me. ...
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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 ...