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Common Helping Verbs. (See “The Wimpy Verb Song” on page 4) BE is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been DO do, does, did HAVE have, has, had M m ust, m ight, m ay OULD c ould -can, sh ould -shall, w ould -will (8-3-3-3-6). You can have more than one helping verb in a verb phrase.

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common helping verbs
Common Helping Verbs

(See “The Wimpy Verb Song” on page 4)

  • BE is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been
  • DO do, does, did
  • HAVE have, has, had
  • M must, might, may
  • OULD could-can, should-shall, would-will

(8-3-3-3-6)

you can have more than one helping verb in a verb phrase
You can have more than one helping verb in a verb phrase.
  • Sherry will be returning home today.
    • Three verbs – one action
    • Helping verbs – will, be
    • Main verb – returning
  • He has been doing a wonderful job.
    • Three verbs – one action
    • Helping verbs – has, been
    • Main verb – doing
a verb phrase can be separated by words that are not verbs
A verb phrase can be separated by words that are not verbs.

They can hardly wait to get to Language Arts class.

  • Can wait – two verbs that express one action
  • HARDLY is not a verb, so it is NOT part of the verb phrase

Sarah and Jill can’t get credit for the project.

  • The verb phrase is CAN GET.
  • NOT is NOT a verb, and ’t means NOT.