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Auxiliary meaning

auxiliary - 7 dictionary results

  1. 1. Conferring aid or help; helping; aiding; assisting; subsidiary; as auxiliary troops.
  2. 2. A helper; an assistant; a confederate in some action or enterprise.
  3. 3. Foreign troops in the service of a nation at war; ( rarely in sing.), a member of the allied or subsidiary force.
  4. 4. A verb which helps to form the voices, modes, and tenses of other verbs; -- called, also, an auxiliary verb; as, have, be, may, can, do, must, shall, and will, in English; etre and avoir, in French; avere and essere, in Italian; estar and haber, in Spanish.
  5. 5. A quantity introduced for the purpose of simplifying or facilitating some operation, as in equations or trigonometrical formulae.
  6. 6. A helper; a verb that helps in the conjugation of another.
  7. 7. Helping; assisting.

auxiliary - examples of usage

  1. With which form can no auxiliary be used? - "Practical Grammar and Composition", Thomas Wood.
  2. It may then never be used with an auxiliary. - "Practical Grammar and Composition", Thomas Wood.
  3. In other tenses, if present at all, the s- form is in the auxiliary, where the present tense of the auxiliary is used to form some other tense of the principal verb. - "Practical Grammar and Composition", Thomas Wood.
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