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auxiliary verbs [#permalink] New post 19 May 2008, 10:22
Hey i am not very clear about auxiliary verbs.Like in the wo sentences below

Megumi has visited more countries than i have.
why Has is is auxilary in this case and why it is not in the following sentence
Megumi has more toys than i have.

what i could get was that in the first sentence has is defining the verb VISITED that is why it is auxiliary but in the later it is not doing so.I am not very clear with this concept.....................
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Re: auxiliary verbs [#permalink] New post 19 May 2008, 11:41
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Auxiliary verbs are verbs that are associated, or help, other verbs. Here the term "has visited" is in question. The verb is "visited". This is the past tense of "visit". Sometimes the word "has" is the only verb in the sentence, such as your second sentence. I find it easier to take out the excess of the sentence and put the words in a simple form such as : "Megumi has toys." Here the verb is "has". There are no other verbs for "has" to help which an auxiliary verb does. In the first sentence, "has" is not the main verb of the sentence, the main verb is "visited". We have to use the auxiliary verb "has" to make the verb "visited" make sense. So, look for the words in the sentence that are verbs. If the sentence contains "has" or "have" in addition to another verb like "visited", then "has" or "have" are not the main verb, and are there to help the main verb of the sentence, making them auxiliary verbs.

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Hey i am not very clear about auxiliary verbs.Like in the wo sentences below

Megumi has visited more countries than i have.
why Has is is auxilary in this case and why it is not in the following sentence
Megumi has more toys than i have.

what i could get was that in the first sentence has is defining the verb VISITED that is why it is auxiliary but in the later it is not doing so.I am not very clear with this concept.....................

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Re: auxiliary verbs   [#permalink] 19 May 2008, 11:41
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