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    platonos is offline Newbie
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    Default use of auxiliaries

    When is it o.k. to drop the auxiliaries in composite tenses and when do you have to keep them ? Is there a rule or is this purely ad hoc ?
    For example in the sentence : "By the time you get back, I will have picked up the trash and [will have] finished the job." Does it work the same for all composite tenses ?

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    Default Re: use of auxiliaries

    What is auxiliaries, plz explain it further

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    Default Re: use of auxiliaries

    Auxiliaries are those verbs that help you build a composite tense. for ex: have been or has been, "have" and "has" are auxiliaries.

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    Oh ok, I understand now, thanks

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    Default Re: use of auxiliaries

    Your example is fine. When the verbs are close together and there's nothing to confuse the reader/listener, it is fine to drop them.

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