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auxiliary verb

noun [C]  /ɔɡˈzɪl·jə·ri ˈvɜrb/ us  
grammar a verb that gives grammatical information that is not given by the main verb of a sentence: "Has" is an auxiliary verb in the sentence "She has finished her book."
Translations of “auxiliary verb”
in Korean 조동사…
in Arabic فَعل مُساعِد…
in Portuguese verbo auxiliar…
in Catalan verb auxiliar…
in Japanese (文法)助動詞…
in Italian verbo ausiliario…
in Russian вспомогательный глагол…
in Turkish yardımcı fiil…
in Polish czasownik posiłkowy…
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