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noun [countable] linguistics     auxiliary verb pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
singularauxiliary verb
pluralauxiliary verbs or auxiliaries

or auxiliary     auxiliary pronunciation in American English

  1. the verbs ‘be’, ‘do’, and ‘have’ in English, when they are used with another verb to form tenses, questions, question tags, and the passive. For example in the sentencesI am listening’, ‘Are you working?’, ‘You don’t like her, do you?’ and ‘The bill has been paid’, ‘am’, ‘are’, ‘do’, and ‘has been’ are all auxiliary verbs.
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