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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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would have + participle v.s. would + verb

I can't grasp the difference between their usages. Could you explain them over the following examples? It was half past five. Dad would have finished work. It was half past five. Dad would finish ...
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would(=insistence)

He would leave the house in a muddle. He insisted on leaving the house in a muddle. What's the difference between the former sentence and the latter sentence? (Here, would of the first sentence means ...
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Should I use was or were: It _ the eyes

The whole sentence is : it wasn't the face that scared me, it _ the eyes. What do I use in the blank?
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condescension and can

We can talk about modal auxiliary verbs in terms of such logical notions as ‘permission’ and ‘necessity’ but, this done, we still have to consider ways in which these notions become remoulded by the ...
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Why "the reason being is" not just "the reason is"?

Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/why-start-digital-marketing-agency/385300/#close Is a digital marketing agency a good business? Building out a digital marketing agency is far more ...
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the meaning of modal auxiliary verb 'would'

He was very ill at that time, but he would go. His income was still small, but she would marry him. At last she put her arms round the top, as far as they would go. Are these sentences all barely ...
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will have said VS. would say

ex) I can't think why he was willing to say that it was my fault. Now, for the purpose of making a sentence to have the same meaning of the example sentence, I would like to use modal auxiliary verb '...
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Is "Where you been" the same as "Where have you been"?

I always hear "Where you been" in movies so, is it grammatically correct or not?
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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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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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Should it be "IS" or "ARE"? --- "The only thing we haven't seen ARE locusts."

This is from an article published on CNBC: "The only thing we haven't seen are locusts, said CEO Jim McCann in an interview." CNBC-A rose is still a rose The subject of the sentence is "...
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How to paraphrase 'would' in hypothetical situations and future reference?

I quote the following from two different sources: 1) a PDF file on 'would': In hypothetical situations You can use would to talk about unreal or hypothetical situations. These are situations that we ...
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Why do you say "I arrived in" when you make it to a place?

As little sense it makes to me, I decided to just make peace using "I arrived in {city}", "I arrived at {place}" which to me makes it sound as if I were UPSed there. However, that'...
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Is 'was' an auxiliary verb in 'All I could do was watch from outside'?

I found this sentence, All I could do was watch from outside. Looks like this sentence contains 2 verbs 'was' and 'watch' but 'was' is actually working as an auxiliary verb, right?
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Are these sentences grammatically correct? "Climbing in winter can't be safe." "Can climbing in winter be dangerous?"

I'm a Japanese learner of English. I have some questions about the usage of an auxiliary verb "can." I think the following two sentences are grammatically correct. Climbing in winter can be ...
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might or might have been beheaded

Which form should be used? Why? Both are about past situations. In ancient China, you might be beheaded for a casual remark about the royal family. In ancient China, you might have been beheaded for ...
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Short answers to questions with multiple auxiliary verbs

How would you give short answers to questions with multiple auxiliary verbs? Example 1 Have you been sleeping? a) Yes, I have. b) Yes, I have been. Example 2 Would you have left if you had ...
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What does 'did' refer to?

What is your favorite color? Do you often wear fashion items in that color? As for me, my favorite color is green, but I felt it did not go well with my skin tone, so I used to avoid wearing it. One ...
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Is it correct to use continuous without the auxiliary verb "to be?"

I am working on a project, and I am faced with a sentence that I am unsure is correct. I can make it correct with proper punctuation, but it just made me curious to learn how to use such sentences ...
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the number of auxiliary verbs after "as" and "so"

I'm interested how many auxiliary verbs can stand after "as" and "so". By "how many" I mean one (e.g. "would") or two (e.g. "would be") or three (e.g. ...
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What is the difference between 'to be' and 'for'?

I have a question about 'to be' and 'for'. I drink water for healthy. or I drink water to be healthy. What's the difference between both?
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With or without "would", what's the difference?

I have been struggling with the "would" for quite a long time. I know most of the basic ideas of would. But there are too many "extended usages" that always confuse me. I found this article from ...
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may(=possibility) vs. can(=possibility)

There is generally a difference between can and may in the sense of 'possibility'. Notice, for example, that in We may see you tomorrow, can could not replace may without a considerable change in ...
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may(=permission) and general permission which has already been given

Can is used to talk about permission that has already been given or refused, and about things that are allowed by rules or laws. May is not notmally used in this way. (from Practical English Usage ...
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Do you ever put stress on the auxiliary verb in AUX + NOT?

Do you ever put stress on the auxiliary verbs in do not, may not, will not, should not, etc. without contracting them? If we take a look at don't, can't, won't, shouldn't, for example, the n't part ...
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would have you believe

a. This man will have you believe that the moon doesn't exist. b. This man would have you believe that the moon doesn't exist. Which of the above mean This man wants you to believe that the moon ...
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the meaning of 'I would have tried to do'

"It matters little," she said, softly. "To you, very little. Another idol has displaced me; and if it can cheer and comfort you in time to come, as I would have tried to do, I have no ...
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paraphrasing of would have p.p

"I can't think why he would have accused me in court yesterday." Can this sentence be paraphrased to "It's possible that he accused me in court yesterday, but, if he did, I don't know ...
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the meaning of will have p.p

When we want to indicate that we think a past situation (seen from a present viewpoint) is certain, we use will(or won't) have + past particle: ex1) As you will have noticed, he has cut off his beard....
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inversion without an auxiliary VS inversion with an auxiliary

I know that if a sentence has a negative connotation, inversion must have an auxiliary. But if a sentence doesn't have a negative connotation, there is example №4a with an auxiliary and there are ...
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What's the difference between "Was this supposed to be...” and “Wasn't this supposed to be…"?

Was this supposed to be ‘cupboard’ instead of ‘cupbard’? Wasn’t this supposed to be ‘cupboard’ instead of ‘cupbard’? I was asking about a spelling error and I was confused if I should use "was&...
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Repeating HAVE twice in one sentence

I was wondering which one of these sentences is correct: I am happy to have successfully completed the certification course by the Chamber of Commerce and acquired a certification in XYZ. or I am ...
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I knew I would enjoy the music. or I knew I should enjoy the music

I knew I would enjoy the music. I knew I should enjoy the music. Is there any difference between them? My dictionary says 'should' is used in BrE in case of I or We though 'would' is used in AmE all ...
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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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What is the difference between these two uses of the word, "having”?

What is the difference between the word “having” in the following two sentences: Having accepted her mistake, the judge pardoned her. I am having a good time. Talking of the auxiliary and lexical ...
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"as were" is it inverted or something else?

Dildos and other sexual aids are frequently mentioned in ancient literature and depicted on pottery, while didactic sex manuals were popular, as were more general advice books such as the Ars Amatoria ...
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can, could, may or might?

I need to explain what a time capsule is or how to make one. Should I say: "a time capsule can / could / may / might be any kind of box: a metal box, a wooden box or a cardboard box ..." I ...
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were promoted vs were being promoted

I have to fill the following sentence with one suitable word. The sentence is: The proposed delistings are ..... promoted by the US interior Secretary to counter a growing feeling among the ...
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a Good Teacher not only Teaches: is it Correct?

"A good teacher not only teaches students how to do well on tests; a good teacher fosters curiosity and excitement to learn in her students." Is this sentence grammatically correct? I saw it ...
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auxiliary verb after "and"

Shall we use the auxiliary verb again after "and" as in the following case? The data has been collected and has been proved to be significant. or The data has been collected and proved to ...
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Difference between "would" and "would have"

At his age the thought of travelling abroad alone would never ........... my mind. cross have crossed Which one is correct? Are both possible here?
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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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Verb to be repetition in Yes/No questions

All, Why don't we repeat is or are in questions starting with is or are (verb to be)? for example: Is it (is) your glass? Are you (are) taller than me? How does it sound grammatically? Also, Does it ...
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What we're learning now *is/are* gerunds

Which auxiliary is to be used? Maybe both can be? My research: I have already asked lots of questions like this one, but none of those have been able to make this specific question clear to me. What ...
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how to use "not only, but also"

Tom plays the guitar very well. He is good at singing, too. In this case, which of the following would be correct? Tom not only plays the guitar very well but also sings very well. Tom doesn't only ...
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The more denim was washed, the softer it would get. (time aspect of 'would')

The more denim was washed, the softer it would get. The the sentence describes the past or is it a subjnctive mood which describes 'present situation'?
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Would it be all right if we left/leave a little early? (left vs. leave)

Would it be all right if we left a little early? Would it be all right if we leave a little early? What's the difference between the two sentences? The only difference is 'left' vs. 'leave'.
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George speaking/George is speaking

Why don't we use any auxiliary when answering phone calls? Would it be wrong if I used the auxiliary? ▪︎ Hello, George speaking. ▪︎ Hello, George is speaking.
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"Does .. have to" and "have .."?

Are there equally grammatically correct: Does it have to be like it? Has it to be like it? And Do you have a bottle of wine? Have you a bottle of wine? Note that I haven't used used "got"...
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Is there a difference between "has" and "is"?

In a English or American perspective of the difference because I sometimes have trouble making the difference is means a thing and has is owned but I sometimes have trouble making the difference For ...

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