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                      The Operator does all the work in the finite verb phrase. 

The operator creates negative clauses

The operator creates interrogative clauses

The operator creates the third person singular of the simple present tense in negative and interrogative clauses.   

The operator is the first auxiliary of the finite verb phrase.                        

 

         Rose had been looking for a way out of her engagement.

 

The operator can be identified by asking a tag question.                                                                                 

 

         Rose's mother wanted her to marry someone very wealthy, didn't she?

 

The operator is used to create interrogative and negative sentences

                                                                                                                             

Would Rose and Jack be together for the rest of their lives? 

Does the Titanic have enough lifeboats? 

The Titanic doesn't have enough lifeboats.       

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