Aug 25th

Helping Verbs

By Jane Doe

Many sentences have verbs that are more than one word. These are called verb phrases. The auxiliary verb is the main verb that does the action. The other verbs are helping verbs that help to explain the action and the tense.

 

"I will jump in the water." Will indicates future tense; it is the helping verb. Jump is the auxiliary verb. 

 

In the following sentences, auxilary verb is bolded and the helping verb is italicized.

 

1. I am going to work now.

2. I have already tried the video game.

3. I  was searching for my glasses.

 

 

The most used helping verbs:

 

is

am

are

was

were

be

being

been 

has

have

had 

do

does

did 

shall

will

should

would 

may

might

must

can

could

 

 

Your Turn: 

 

Please post the answers in a reply to this blog.

 

Which word in the following sentences are helping verbs and which are auxiliary verbs?

 

1. I will have the tacos for dinner.

2. I was dreaming about candy and cakes.

3. I should have told you the truth.

4. I might have eaten too much.

5. I will do that later.