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sallie-sally
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 5:48 am
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I've been given these examples.

Uncontractible copula: She is (Q Who's happy?)
Contractible copula: She's mine.

Uncontractible auxiliary: She is (Q Who's walking?)
Contractible auxiliary: She's walking.

Can anyone please explain to me why the first ones are copula while the second are auxiliary? Everything I read about it confuses me more and doesn't seem to relate to these examples... Thanks for any help!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:54 am
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Just think like the following:

If there is no verb in the sentence, other than the am/is/are, then, it has to have a verb, so am/is/are will behave like a verb!

If, however, there is another verb, in addition to am/is/are, then these things will just function as helping, or auxiliary things, and thus the term auxiliary verb.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:13 pm
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Noun + be + Noun or adjective --> be is a copula
Noun + be + Verb --> be is an auxiliary
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 11:37 pm
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As far as I know, if there is a main verb other than the verb-to-be in the same clause, then the verb-to-be is an auxiliary verb, otherwise, the verb to be (or any other verb such as become, look, feel, etc.) is a copula or linking verb, Does that help?
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