NICE properties

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The NICE properties are formal definition used to define English auxiliary verbs by way of an acronym.[1][2] They NICE properties are negation, inversion, code and emphasis:

Name Explanation Example
Negation Auxiliary verbs are used for negation I don’t like fish.
Inversion Auxiliary verbs are inverted with their subject to make questions, Are you interested in grammar?
Code Auxiliary verbs can be used as a stranded auxiliary with ellipsis. Alice can’t play piano but Bob can.
Emphasis Auxiliary verbs can be used for emphasis I do like potatoes!

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/internet-grammar/verbs/nice.htm
  2. Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar