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Be, Do and Have - All for the main verb and the main verb for all

Athos, Porthos and Aramis.                                                                                 Be, Do and Have.

This is the first of four posts that deal with the use and form of the legitimate English auxiliary verbs. 

To get the ball rolling, here is what we will attempt to cover:  

What is an auxiliary verb?Why do we use auxiliary verbs in English?Are modal verbs auxiliary verbs?When can we omit auxiliary verbs?How do we memorize auxiliary verbs?Do auxiliary verbs take auxiliary verbs?

But you might be asking yourself, why auxiliary verbs? What is so difficult about them?

That's what I thought until one of my students (already at lower intermediate level) confessed that he still had trouble using do, does, did, don't, didn't, have, has, am, is, are, was, were in questions and negative sentences.

The aim is to present a hands-on essential and concise overview of our three musketeers for both the practical learner and the more grammar-hungry student.

So, before we se…