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Help! There is often more than one auxiliary!

 

 

Q. How many auxiliaries can one phrase have?

A:  There may be as many as three auxiliaries!  

When there is more than one auxiliary, the auxiliaries are always ordered.

   

The first auxiliary is known as the operator. The operator is moved to the front of the clause (before the subject) to form interrogative sentences. 

   

the operator is joined with "not" to form negative sentences.

   

All subsequent auxiliaries that follow the operator assume the verb forms demanded by the auxiliary that directly precedes each one. 

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