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    would be an Australian

    I have learned that in first conditional statements, if-clause should be past tense and main clause should be would + bare infinitive form.


    With the above rule, I have constructed the following sentence :

    If I were born in Sydney, I would be an Australian

    I think here : would + be (bare infinitive)

    Please tell me whether this sentence is right or wrong. Also tell whether `be' is bare infinitive or not.

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    Re: would be an Australian

    Yes, that is a perfectly grammatical English sentence. It only needs a period at the end. Be is indeed the bare infinitive form of the copular verb 'to be.' Other forms of this verb are: is, was, am, are, and were.


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    Re: would be an Australian

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Other forms of this verb are: is, was, am, are, and were.
    I know `smell' is also a copular verb.

    Then can we say `smell' is also `to be' form of verbs?

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    Re: would be an Australian

    Many English verbs that refer to the senses can be either linking verbs or action verbs.

    The flower smells sweet. Flower (noun) smells (linking verb) sweet (adjective)

    The dog smells his dinner. Dog (noun) smells (action verb) dinner (direct object)

    This applies to: taste, feel, look and some others.


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    Re: would be an Australian

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Many English verbs that refer to the senses can be either linking verbs or action verbs.

    The flower smells sweet. Flower (noun) smells (linking verb) sweet (adjective)

    The dog smells his dinner. Dog (noun) smells (action verb) dinner (direct object)

    This applies to: taste, feel, look and some others.
    Thank you Mykwyner.

    So, can I say `smell', `taste' sometimes `to be' form of verbs?

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    Re: would be an Australian

    Those verbs (smell, seem, taste, look, is, etc.) are all forms of linking verbs, but not forms of each other.

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