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    Auxiliary verbs

    Given this sentence:

    How simple it would have been had I been there.

    Is the following true:

    1) "would" is a auxiliary verb.
    2) "have" is a auxiliary verb
    3) "been" is a auxiliary verb.
    4) "had" is a auxiliary verb?
    5) "I" is a pronoun.
    6) "been" is a verb?

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    Re: Auxiliary verbs

    EX: How simple it would have been had I been there.

    The following are true:

    1) "would" is a modal auxiliary verb.
    2) "have" is an auxiliary verb.
    3) "been" is an auxiliary verb.
    4) "had" is an auxiliary verb.
    5) "I" is a subject pronoun.
    6) "been" functions as the main verb.

    Here's the same sentence but re-ordered:

    EX: Had I been there, it would have been how simple.

    Note that, "had I" is another way of saying "If I had":

    EX: If I had been there . . . . => Had I been there . . . .

    Note also, "been . . . simple" is a copular structure; i.e., be simple, is simple, was simple, been simple.

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    Re: Auxiliary verbs

    I read that up to 5 auxiliary verbs can be in a row in a sentence but have not been able to find an example of one. Do you have one?

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    Re: Auxiliary verbs

    Got me on that one.

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