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Helping Verbs. Sometimes a sentence needs more than one verb to make the thought clear. These verbs are called helping verbs. Helping Verbs. Helping verbs assist the main verb. Helping verbs are found before the main (action) verb.

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helping verbs

Helping Verbs

Sometimes a sentence needs more than one verb to make the thought clear. These verbs are called helping verbs.

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Helping Verbs
  • Helping verbs assist the main verb.
  • Helping verbs are found before the main (action) verb.
  • Helping verbs are action verbs and linking verbs working together to make a complete thought.
  • Common helping verbs are: am, is, are, was, were, be, been, being, can, could, did, do, does, had, has, have, might, may, must, shall, should, will, and would.
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Helping Verbs
  • He could run.
  • main verb (action)= run
  • helping verb=could
  • verb phrase= could run
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Helping Verbs
  • Amber has grown so tall.
  • main verb (action)= grown
  • helping verb=has
  • verb phrase= has grown
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Helping Verbs
  • I must order dinner quickly.
  • main verb (action)= order
  • helping verb=must
  • verb phrase= must order
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Helping Verbs
  • Nick has delivered all the newspapers.
  • main verb (action)= delivered
  • helping verb=has
  • verb phrase= has delivered
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Helping Verbs
  • William may walk to the beach with you.
  • main verb (action)= walk
  • helping verb=may
  • verb phrase= may walk
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Helping Verbs
  • The elephants have eaten all the peanuts.
  • main verb (action)= eaten
  • helping verb=have
  • verb phrase= have eaten
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Helping Verbs
  • Frank did complete his assignment.
  • main verb (action)= complete
  • helping verb=did
  • verb phrase= did complete
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Helping Verbs
  • The builders were planning the demolition.
  • main verb (action)= planning
  • helping verb=were
  • verb phrase= were planning
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Helping Verbs
  • Dad is cooking dinner tonight!
  • main verb (action)= ?
  • helping verb=?
  • verb phrase= ?
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Helping Verbs
  • Annie will stay at our house tomorrow.
  • main verb (action)= ?
  • helping verb=?
  • verb phrase= ?
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Helping Verbs
  • We have listened to this story before.
  • main verb (action)= ?
  • helping verb=?
  • verb phrase= ?
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Helping Verbs
  • I would have been skating in the game.
  • main verb (action)= ?
  • helping verb=?
  • verb phrase= ?
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Helping Verbs
  • My little brother has been breaking all of my toys.
  • main verb (action)= ?
  • helping verb=?
  • verb phrase= ?
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Helping Verbs
  • I am sewing a pair of jeans.
  • main verb (action)= ?
  • helping verb=?
  • verb phrase= ?
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Helping Verbs
  • The detective did solve the mystery.
  • main verb (action)= ?
  • helping verb=?
  • verb phrase= ?
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Helping Verbs
  • The packages have arrived safely.
  • main verb (action)= ?
  • helping verb=?
  • verb phrase= ?
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Helping Verbs
  • You should see the Grand Canyon!
  • main verb (action)= ?
  • helping verb=?
  • verb phrase= ?
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Helping Verbs
  • You might have felt the same if it happened to you.
  • main verb (action)= ?
  • helping verb=?
  • verb phrase= ?
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Helping Verbs
  • We must correct our answers.
  • main verb (action)= ?
  • helping verb=?
  • verb phrase= ?
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Helping Verbs
  • I am leaving for Disney in the morning.
  • main verb (action)= ?
  • helping verb=?
  • verb phrase= ?
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Helping Verbs
  • Now you try it!
  • main verb (action)= ?
  • helping verb=?
  • verb phrase= ?