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Operators Verbs #1 (permalink) Wed May 02, 2007 3:39 am   Operators Verbs
 

Hello!

Would you please tell me what the operators verbs are?
I can't find a correct explanation of them (form, function and examples)

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Operators Verbs #2 (permalink) Wed May 02, 2007 12:37 pm   Operators Verbs
 

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An operator is the first auxiliary verb of a verb phrase-- the one that changes with the person:

He has seen the movie.
I will be leaving soon.
I do not know.

'Has', 'will' and 'do' above are operator verbs.
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Operators Verbs #3 (permalink) Wed May 02, 2007 19:07 pm   Operators Verbs
 

Hello again

So, is this correct?

Operators :
- Primary auxiliary verbs (be, have, do)
- Semi-auxiliary verbs (be going to, be able to, have to...)
- Modals (shall, will, ought, must, should, etc.)
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Operators Verbs #4 (permalink) Thu May 03, 2007 0:44 am   Operators Verbs
 

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Sounds good to me, offhand.
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