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Verb Phrases, Main Verb, and Helping Verbs. Pages 132-133 and 134-135. Helping Verb Song To the tune of “This Old Man”. have - has - had do - does - did be - am - is - are - was - were - been can(canna) - could - shall - should – will - would - may might - must - being are helping verbs!.

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    1. Verb Phrases,Main Verb, and Helping Verbs Pages 132-133 and 134-135

    2. Helping Verb SongTo the tune of “This Old Man” have - has - haddo - does - didbe - am - is - are - was - were - beencan(canna) - could - shall - should – will - would - maymight - must - being are helping verbs!

    3. Verb Phrases • When a verb includes two or more words, it is called a verb phrase. • You know that a verb is a word or words that express action or being. A verb phrase is a verb in which two or more words work together. Examples of verb phrases: Citizens are voting for the next President. They will cast their votes for President on Tuesday. Voters must go to their assigned voting location.

    4. Parts of a Verb Phrase • There are two parts to a verb phrase: The main verb – the most important verb of the phrase The helping verb – works with the main verb to tell the action Congress haspassed many laws. has is the helping verb passed is the main verb

    5. Main Verb and Helping Verb • You know that the words in a verb phrase work together as the simple predicate of a sentence. The helping verb comes before the main verb.

    6. Separation of verbs in a verb phrase • Sometimes the words in a verb phrase are separated. In a question, the subject often comes between words in a verb phrase. You can change the question into a statement. • Examples of separation of verb phrases in a question: • Do the candidates plan to debate? • The candidates do plan to debate. • Examples of separation of verb phrases in a statement: • Some people will not see it. • Remember not is not included in a verb phrase.

    7. Directions for 1-10 on page 132 Read the sentences. Write the verb phrase in each sentence.

    8. Identify the verb phrase in the sentence. 1. We have been learning about the election process.

    9. Identify the verb phrase in the sentence. 2. U.S voters have always voted by secret ballot.

    10. Identify the verb phrase in the sentence. 3. Each citizen over the age of eighteen can vote.

    11. Identify the verb phrase in the sentence. 4. The candidates must explain their ideas to the voters.

    12. Identify the verb phrase in the sentence. 5. Voters must get information about the candidates.

    13. Identify the verb phrase in the sentence. 6. Each person will vote for his or her preferred candidate.

    14. Identify the verb phrase in the sentence. 7. The President’s inauguration will happen in January.

    15. Identify the verb phrase in the sentence. 8. Our teacher has assigned homework about past Presidents.

    16. Identify the verb phrase in the sentence. 9. Students are researching on the Internet.

    17. Identify the verb phrase in the sentence. 10. Our school is not holding a mock election this year.

    18. Directions for 1-5 onpage 134 Read the sentences. Write the verb phrase in each sentence. Circle the main verb.

    19. Identify the verb phrase. Circle the main verb. 1. Courts do not decide all legal questions.

    20. Identify the verb phrase. Circle the main verb. 2. A law must not conflict with the Constitution.

    21. Identify the verb phrase. Circle the main verb. 3. The court can reject a law.

    22. Identify the verb phrase. Circle the main verb. 4. How does it do this? • It does do this how.

    23. Identify the verb phrase. Circle the main verb. 5. The court has played an important role in our government.

    24. Directions for 6-10 onpage 135 Read the sentences. Write the verb phrase in each sentence. Circle the main verb.

    25. Identify the verb phrase. Circle the main verb. 6. Can the President appoint anyone to the Supreme Court? • The President can appoint anyone to the Supreme Court.

    26. Identify the verb phrase. Circle the main verb. 7. Yes, but the person must win approval by the Senate.

    27. Identify the verb phrase. Circle the main verb. 8. Have you heard of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor? • You have heard of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

    28. Identify the verb phrase. Circle the main verb. 9. She had been a state senator in Arizona.

    29. Identify the verb phrase. Circle the main verb. 10. Usually the President will choose someone with a career in law.

    30. Directions for 11-15 onpage 135 Write the sentences. Choose the helping verb in parentheses that best completes the sentences. Label the entire sentence with parts of speech.

    31. Choose the helping verb that completes the phrase. Label the parts of speech. 11. This requirement (is, can) provide equal justice.

    32. Choose the helping verb that completes the phrase. Label the parts of speech. 12. Even the Supreme Court usually (will, may have) follow its past decisions.

    33. Choose the helping verb that completes the phrase. Label the parts of speech. 13. The court (has, does) not review every legal question.

    34. Choose the helping verb that completes the phrase. Label the parts of speech. 14. It (will, have) accept cases about important issues.

    35. Choose the helping verb that completes the phrase. Label the parts of speech. 15. At least four of the nine justices (are, must) agree to hear a case.