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    Help me with "is" in the tree diagram

    Hi,

    Please help me with "is". Should it be under "Aux" or "VP?

    Aux ----- HV ------ is OR be?
    VP ------- HV ------ is OR be?

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    Re: Help me with "is" in the tree diagram

    BE is an auxiliary verb when used with other verb forms to construct a progressive or passive form. In most schools of grammar, when BE used alone (except in short answers, question tags, etc), then it is not an auxiliary verb.

    He is in the street
    can be analysed in exactly the same way as He sits in the street.

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    Re: Help me with "is" in the tree diagram

    Do you mean that I should write only "present" under "auxiliary?

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    Re: Help me with "is" in the tree diagram

    Either put a sign denoting zero under 'auxiliary' or do not mention auxiliary at all. There isn't one.

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    Re: Help me with "is" in the tree diagram

    Can I just mention the tense under auxiliary?

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    Re: Help me with "is" in the tree diagram

    THERE IS NO AUXILIARY to show a tense.

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