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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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"Looking at the sky, the clouds, the moon and the stars really does make me feel calm and hopeful."

Looking at the sky, the clouds, the moon and the stars really does make me feel clam and hopeful. So, in this sentence how does the word "does" work? There's a problem without that word?
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What are alternatives for "may" in past sentences?

Sometimes I make sentences like these: I may couldn't convey my meaning. You may didn't consider the point. you may misunderstood my point. I think after "may" I must use the bare ...
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It is something people has/have? [Subject-Verb Agreement]

It is something artists has to deal with. It is something artists have to deal with. What should the auxiliary here be? The sentence has both a singular and a plural subject before the verb. I would ...
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Difference between 'be' and 'to be'

Whenever I read advanced grammar articles I come across these two terms quite often : be and to be. What is the difference between these two and how to identify the difference between these two? ...
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Hypothesis Was or Were? [duplicate]

If I search in the internet, I find "hypothesis" is a singular word as I see "is" after it. But I found the following line in the book "Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread ...
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Can we start a question with pronouns?

Starting questions with pronouns Forex. "I have to do this assignment in my notebook or on my computer?" Can we write a question like this or it is incorrect?
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linking verb or helping verb

I know after linking verb, Adjective and noun should be used, Do 'should be, will be' serve as a linking verb or helping verbs in the following sentences? John should be here by 2:00 PM. You should ...
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What is the correct syntax for 'when' + 'would' + 'be' questions?

Let's say my boss asked me to do something. So I want to ask him when I should hand it in. What would be grammatically correct? When would be the deadline? When would the deadline be? Thank you.
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"Is" is not auxiliary verb. But why?

I think I didn't understand auxiliary verbs. What is the difference between is(main verb) and is(auxiliary verb), have or do? Or I should ask this: Does have the common mean these verbs(auxiliary and ...
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Why don’t verbs following can take -ing?

Verbs following can don’t take -ing. We can say: I can fly but we don’t say: I can flying I’m not sure what the rule behind this is. I have a feeling it’s to do with auxiliary verbs and/or helping ...
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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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Woudn't usage: Wouldn't vs didn't ,wouldn't vs will not, wouldn't vs doesn't

Wouldn't usage has become very common in American English and in Novels? I spent a lot of time to understand the difference between wouldn't vs didn't, wouldn't vs will, and wouldn't vs don't. The ...
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What this "May" means?

My friend asked me the meaning of the sentence below: May, for this effect was only tested in conditions with a task (see further below). (excerpt from a scientific paper, p.28) I think the meaning ...
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Is it correct question "Is doing something does another thing"?

Is it correct question "Is doing something does another thing", like "Is eating vegetables does good for my health?" or negative "Ins't eating vegetables does good for my ...
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Anything wrong with "She would definitely drive to work if she had a car."?

She _________ definitely drive to work if she had a car. would 2) should 3) might 4) shall An English quiz I took recently included the above question. I thought both "would" and "...
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Sue does vs Sue likes

Are all sentences correct? I have the first one in my grammar book. I don’t like hot weather, but Sue does. vs I don’t like hot weather, but Sue likes. vs I don’t like hot weather, but Sue likes ...
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"Where do you think she got the pills from?" vs "Where did you think she got the pills?" vs "Where did you think she gets the pills?"

"Where do you think she got the pills?" "Where did you think she got the pills?" "Where did you think she gets the pills?" Which one is the correct sentence if I ask ...
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”Couldn't hurt to do something" vs "doesn't hurt to do something"

Watching this skit, I came across a line, one of the standing men waiting for the crossroads sign on, per below, (from 0:14~) Couldn't hurt to press it again but it won't help I mean. I surfed ...
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Is there any discernible difference between these two sentences?

He has been slacking off on the couch just before you got here? He had been slacking off on the couch just before you got here?
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Proper usage of Auxilliary Verbs

Why is this sentence correct? "Nine dogs are caught and one cat has escaped" I immediately notice that the auxiliary verb "are" was before caught which is in its past-participle form so I assume ...
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My wallet can't have gone is possible

It can't have gone : I will explain this sentence. We do not know where it go or not. And I strongly believe that it still stay. When I know correctly, then following is possible ? I placed my ...
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'Bare infinitive' or "to infinitive" [duplicate]

Need advice, please. Trying to explain why not to use the "to infinitive" I got the question after it was read in a textbook. "The queen, what she does her entire life is lay eggs" "lay" is used ...
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How to make the following emphasis in other tenses: "I did read it yesterday" and "I do read it every day"

As you know we can make emphasis in the simple present and past tense by using the auxiliary in the following way: "I read newspapers everyday to keep myself updated" can be used "I do read ...
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'be' that expresses position by linking the prepositional phase and the subject , or means 'exist in certain place'

I am a boy. I was tired. I was in Las Vegas. I know that the be verbs in the first two sentences are 'be's that link predicate adjectives or nouns. But I'm not sure about the last one. In some ...
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is this sentence correct? "do you remember me like I you" or "like i do you"

Is this sentence correct? "do you remember me like I do you/ or like I you?" and what is it called in the English language? what is the rule behind that and what is the correct structure. thank you.
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When should we use "Did"

I mean we only use it as an auxiliar in questions or affirmative sentences? Could we use it with any verb in sentences? Example: I did jump yesterday -- I know this example is wrong but why we can'...
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What should I say for a comic relief?

Person A: what would she be later on in life? Person B: I'll tell you what she would be — she would be the mother of my children. Or Person B: I'll tell you what she would be — she will be the ...
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"what is to come" in a novel when writing in past tense

Context: I'm editing a novel. The novel is written in past tense. I'm concerned about the following passage: With a cough he faced the clan elders and said, “Everyone, the hour is late. For ...
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What is the grammar rule for "might + verb1, and verb2"?

Exposing individuals' personal data might make them vulnerable to cyber fraud and piracy, which might result in them losing money and put/puts their privacy at risk. When I write might + verb1, ...
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Should I repeat the "is" here?

It is used very frequently and is idiomatic. Or It is used very frequently and idiomatic. Should I repeat the auxiliary verb is in this context? Are there any rules for this? Thanks in advance.
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How do I make a passive sentence with "be believed"?

I need to make a new sentence with the verb in brackets: Many bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. (to be believed). I thought it could be Many bacteria believed to be resistant to ...
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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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"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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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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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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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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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 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 "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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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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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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