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Grammar Challenge


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Onur from Turkey: 'I like London... maybe 100 nations live together very well.' Onur studies at Bloomsbury International

Agreements with auxiliaries
In conversations, we can make short agreements by using auxiliary verbs. In this edition of Grammar Challenge, we invite Onur to a party and ask him to make small talk - to talk about unimportant things.


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Using an auxiliary to agree is an easy way to keep a conversation going.

Positive and Negative:

Statement   Signal agreement Pronoun Auxiliary
Oxford Street gets so busy these days.
  Yes it does.
All the shops are selling the same stuff!   That's true Joyce, they are.
I can't afford to spend all this money.   No Joyce, you can't.

We haven't got much time...

  You're right, we haven't.


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