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auxiliary verb

Auxiliary verbs (also called helping verbs) are verbs that add functional meaning to other “main” or “full” verbs in a clause. They are used to create different tenses or aspects, to form negatives and interrogatives, or to add emphasis to a sentence. However, they do not have semantic meaning unto themselves.

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auxiliary verb

n. Abbr. aux. or aux. v.

A verb, such as have, can, or will, that accompanies the main verb in a clause and helps to make distinctions in mood, voice, aspect, and tense.

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auxiliary verb


(Grammar) a verb used to indicate the tense, voice, mood, etc, of another verb where this is not indicated by inflection, such as English will in he will go, was in he was eating and he was eaten, do in I do like you, etc

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auxil′iary verb′


a verb used in construction with certain forms of other verbs, as infinitives or participles, to express distinctions of tense, aspect, mood, etc., as did in Did you go?, have in We have spoken, or can in They can see. Also called helping verb.


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auxiliary verb

A verb that accompanies and augments the meaning of a main verb, for example, “can” in “can do.”

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Noun 1. auxiliary verb – a verb that combines with another verb in a verb phrase to help form tense, mood, voice, or condition of the verb it combines with

verb – the word class that serves as the predicate of a sentence

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