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    Question explanation needed

    Hi,
    Can someone help me with the following sentences. I need to know exactly which grammar rule is being broken in the following sentence.
    1. I have in debt.

    2. It is important to don't worry.

    Now in the first one i know it should be 'I am in debt.' And in the second one it should be 'It is important not to worry.'
    All i need is a grammatical explanation.

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    Default Re: explanation needed

    #1 is not about a 'rule'. It is simply that in English we BE (am/is/are/etc), not HAVE (have/has/etc), in debt. We can HAVE a debt/debts or BE a debtor.

    #2. We use the auxiliary DO to form the negative of:
    the present simple: I go, I don't go
    the past simple: I saw, I didn't see
    the imperative: be, don't be.

    We don't use it for the negative of:
    the gerund: I enjoy working, I enjoy not working
    the infinitive: to be or not to be

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    Default Re: explanation needed

    Or,

    I am _____ in debt.

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    Thumbs up Re: explanation needed

    Thanx fivejedjon..you're the only one who has actually EXPLAINED it..i asked so many teachers but everyone made it sooo complicated..thanx again..

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    Default Re: explanation needed

    Quote Originally Posted by saym View Post
    Thanx fivejedjon..you're the only one who has actually EXPLAINED it..i asked so many teachers but everyone made it sooo complicated..thanx again..
    I can't help feeling that fivejedjon would have appreciated your thanks more if you taken the trouble to write the word in full and capitalised I.

    Rover

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