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What is an auxiliary verb?



An auxiliary verb is a verb which

  • accompanies the lexical verb of a verb phrase, and
  • expresses grammatical distinctions not carried by the lexical verb, such as

Examples (English)
  • can
  • may
  • do
  An auxiliary verb is a kind of

Crystal 1985 326


Crystal 1980 38–39


Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 79–80, 120


Hartmann and Stork 1972 24


Mish 1991 118

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