BE | HAVE | DO (auxiliary verbs)

Here is another group of A2 English Grammar Profile points that overlap multiple categories.  Many of these could be all merged into one point.

Point 3 in the category of QUESTIONS:

yes/no AUXILIARY ‘BE’ + subject + the continuous

A search in NOW corpus for:

_VB _P _VVG

1 ARE YOU GOING 38887
2 ARE WE GOING 33321
3 AM I GOING 17095
4 ARE THEY GOING 16186
5 ARE YOU LOOKING 12735
6 IS IT GOING 11046
7 ARE YOU SAYING 7048
8 ARE YOU TALKING 6701
9 ARE YOU KIDDING 6173 unlisted
10 IS HE GOING 5825
11 ARE YOU TRYING 5198

Are you trying to tell me that my mother has got the hots for me?

listen

12 ARE YOU WAITING 4917
13 ARE WE TALKING 4487
14 ARE YOU GETTING 4025
15 ARE YOU MAKING 3982
16 ARE YOU PLANNING 3877

Are you planning to step on us?

listen

17 ARE YOU FEELING 3755
18 ARE YOU THINKING 3305
19 ARE YOU SEEING 3141
20 ARE YOU WORKING 2905


Point 5 in QUESTIONS:

MAIN VERB ‘BE’ + subject to form ‘yes/no’ question

A search for

. _VB _P * ?

1 ARE YOU READY? 463
2 Is it true? 365
3 AM I RIGHT? 364
4 WERE YOU SEEN? 236
5 AM I WRONG? 215
6 IS HE RIGHT? 171
7 ARE YOU KIDDING? 168
8 IS IT POSSIBLE? 159
9 ARE YOU SERIOUS? 155
10 IS IT FAIR? 121
11 ARE THEY RIGHT? 118
12 ARE YOU EXCITED? 113
13 IS IT ENOUGH? 106
14 IS IT PERFECT? 94
15 AM I CORRECT? 80
16 ARE YOU INTERESTED? 79
17 ARE YOU SURE? 79
18 IS IT RIGHT? 72
19 IS IT SAFE? 69
20 IS IT GOOD? 65


Point 40 in the category of CLAUSES is defined:

AFFIRMATIVE INTERROGATIVE: (‘yes/no’ forms) with auxiliary ‘be’ and ‘have’.

The EGP examples for point 40:


Point 17 in the category of VERBS is defined:

AUXILIARY VERBS ‘HAVE’ AND ‘DO’

EGP examples:


Point 11 in the category of PAST:

present perfect simple  QUESTIONS ‘have you’ + ‘-ed’ with a limited range of verbs.

Point 14 in the category of PAST:

past simple, QUESTIONS ‘yes/no’ and ‘wh-‘ question forms with ‘you’ with a limited range of verbs.

  • did you….?

Point 15 in the category of PAST:

PAST simple negative form with a limited range of regular and irregular verbs.

  • ….didn’t…

Point 14 in the category of PRESENT:

present simple negative form with an increasing range of regular and irregular verbs.

  • don’t/doesn’t

Point 10 in PRESENT:

‘yes/no’ and ‘wh-‘ question forms with ‘you’.

  • do 

Because there are 5 or more ways these can be regrouped, there is no point to relist more research in this post.

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