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    Identifying Auxiliary Verbs

    I saw this on a website and I am not sure it is right.
    Auxiliary verbs are used to make exclamations:

    • Wasn't she awful!
    • Haven't you grown!
    • Didn't they do well!
    • Isn't it freezing!


    Are the first and last ones, examples of Auxiliary "Be"?
    "Awful" and "Freezing" are adjectives so surely "Be" must be the main verb here, not an Auxiliary verb.

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    Re: Identifying Auxiliary Verbs

    Yes, that is true. 1 and 4 do not use auxiliary verbs.

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    Re: Identifying Auxiliary Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, that is true. 1 and 4 do not use auxiliary verbs.

    It was on TESOL-Direct website. !

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    Re: Identifying Auxiliary Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Briyonce1 View Post
    "Awful" and "Freezing" are adjectives so surely "Be" must be the main verb here, not an Auxiliary verb.

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    Hello, Briyonce:

    I just thought that you might be interested in what The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (1994) by Sylvia Chalker and Edmund Weiner says:

    "The verbs be, do, and have, however, present problems, since they can be used both in an auxiliary function and as the MAIN verb of a sentence." (My two emphases)

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    Re: Identifying Auxiliary Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Briyonce1 View Post
    It was on TESOL-Direct website. !
    Then maybe you should complain to them.

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    Re: Identifying Auxiliary Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Briyonce1 View Post
    It was on TESOL-Direct website. !
    Maybe the writer was having a bad day. If you're studying with them, let them know- people are generally glad to have their errors pointed out.

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