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Verb Phrase. Verb phrase—consists of a main verb preceded by at least one helping verb (auxiliary verb). Besides all forms of the verb be , helping verbs include. Forms of Be:. am is are was were be being been . Forms of Do:. Do does did. Forms of Have:.

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Verb Phrase

Verb phrase—consists of a

main verb preceded by

at least one helping verb

(auxiliary verb)

Besides all forms of the verb be, helping verbs include


Forms of Be:

am is are was were

be being been


Forms of Do:

Do does did

Forms of Have:

Have has had


Other Helping Verbs:

can could should

may must would

might shall will


Notice how helping verbs work

together with main verbs to make a

complete verb phrase.


EXAMPLE:

is leaving may become

might have remained

had seemed

should move

might have thought

shall be going could jump does sing


Sometimes the parts of a

verb phrase are interrupted

by other parts of speech.


  • Did you hear President Bush’s speech?

  • Has the D.J. played the new CD for you?


EXAMPLE:

She had always been thinking

of her future.

We could never have moved the

bleachers.


NOTE:

The word not is always an

adverb. It is never part of

a helping verb, even when it

is joined to a verb as the

contraction –n’t.


He should not have borrowed

his book.

He shouldn’t have borrowed

his book.


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