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Sir,

What is weak and strong auxillary?

Is it realated to contraction?

I am a boy.("am" stron auxillary).

I'm a boy . (here 'm weak auxillary).

Thanks.
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Hello Hanuman

(I'm not entirely certain about this, since these are not phrases I'm familiar with, but your post is drifting unanswered towards page 4, so I'll do my best.)

I would take 'strong' in the context of verbs to mean 'verbs that don't simply add '-ed' in the past participle (p.p.).

For instance, to make the p.p. of 'help', you add -ed to make 'helped'. It is therefore a 'weak' verb.

But to make the p.p. of 'take', you change the vowel, and get 'took'. It is therefore a 'strong' verb.

Auxiliary verbs are verbs such as may, will, must, etc.

I would therefore assume that a weak auxiliary is an auxiliary verb that adds '-ed' to form the p.p.

Unfortunately, I can't think of any 'weak' auxiliary verbs; unless we classify 'help' as one.

Maybe another reader will have a better explanation!

MrP
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My guess;
what Hanuman asked would be phonologically strong and weak forms of some auxiliary verbs.
I am -> I'm
You are -> You're
He is -> He's
I have -> I've
I had -> I'd
I will -> I'll
I would -> I'd

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