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Uses of anomalous finites – part II© The anomalous finites are used to form inverted sentence patterns.I had no sooner got into the train than it steamed off.No sooner had I got into the train than it steamed off.To avoid repetition of principal verbsThe anomalous finites are used in short answers to avoid the repetition of principal verbs.‘Do you want this?’ ‘Yes, I do.’ (= Yes, I want that.’)‘Can you hear me?’ ‘Yes, I can.’ (= Yes, I can hear you.’)‘Who broke the window?’ ‘John, did.’ (= John broke the window.)To form the tag questionThe anomalous finites are also used in the formation of the tag question.It is rather hot today, isn’t it?She can sing very well, can’t she?
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