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    auxiliary or lexical verb

    In this sentence, can we say the word in bold is an auxiliary or is it a lexical verb? I think it's auxiliary, thougt:

    You can't get away from this country.

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    Re: auxiliary or lexical verb

    I would say you are right. Indeed, the definition of a auxiliary verb is that it gives grammatical information, for example about tense, which is not given by the main verb of a sentence:

    In your case can give no information, it just implies a certainty. And it is really get (away) that gives the sense of the sentence: You can't get away from this country.


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