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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 Point 5 in QUESTIONS: MAIN VERB ‘BE’ + subject to form ‘yes/no’ question Point 40 in …

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didn’t use to + INFINITVE

Point 60 in MODALITY: ‘used to’ to talk about repeated actions or states in the past that are no longer true. Point 32 in VERBS: semi-modal auxiliary verbs, ‘used to’ and ‘ought to’ *We have already got dedicated pages to semi-modals: See an overview of ‘ought to‘ and ‘used to’ as semi-modal. Since we have …

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past simple questions (with a wide range of verbs)

Point 81 in PAST/simple is defined as: ‘yes/no’, ‘wh-‘, tag and negative question forms with a wide range of verbs. We have tried to cover this same topic also here.   However, we’ll attempt to focus on what is C1 in this post. iWeb corpus doesn’t allow much more than searches such as: _VVD * * …

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used to (questions)

Point 201 in MODALITY is defined as ‘used to’ QUESTIONS For example:   The New York Times Opinion | Nine Nonobvious Ways to Have Deeper Conversations What problem did you use to have but now have licked? 19 Nov 2020     The following list does not specify whether or not it is basic past simple.  It must be manually checked. …

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‘WH’ questions

‘WH-‘ questions expect a reply that supplies information. The wh-word can be a pronoun: What made you think that? (listen to this question) adverb: Where did it go? (listen) or a determiner: Which part? (listen) Here are many entries at A2 in the English Grammar Profile that catch the same question complexity. Point 2 in the category of …

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