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AUXILIARY VERBS. a.k.a. HELPING VERBS. Auxiliary verbs are combined with other verbs to make. VERB PHRASES. A VERB PHRASE. Is made up of two or more verbs Is made up of a main verb and one or more auxiliary (helping) verbs The main verb is always the last word in the phrase

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auxiliary verbs

AUXILIARY VERBS

a.k.a.

HELPING VERBS

a verb phrase
A VERB PHRASE
  • Is made up of two or more verbs
  • Is made up of a main verb and one or more auxiliary (helping) verbs
  • The main verb is always the last word in the phrase
  • The auxiliary (helping) verb(s) always comes before the main verb.
for example
For example
  • Our plane was delayed for two hours.
  • (was=auxiliary verbdelayed=main verb)
  • The driver may have been injured.
  • (may have been=auxiliary verbinjured=main verb)
  • You should be considerate at all times.
  • (should=auxiliary verbbe=main verb)

(Remember - if a word cannot be used as a verb it cannot be part of the verb phrase.)

a verb phrase may be used to express
A VERB PHRASE may be used to express
  • The tense of a verb.
  • The stadium will be filled to capacity.(future)
  • That the action is directedat the subject.
  • We should save a seat for Jeff.(We)
some auxiliary verbs can also be used as main verbs
Some auxiliary verbs can also be used as main verbs.
  • Alice has a new car. (main verb)
  • Alice hasdriven her new car only once this winter. (has=auxiliary verb) (driven=main verb)
a verb phrase may be interrupted by other words
A verb phrase may be interrupted by other words.
  • Jack has always liked math. (has=auxiliary verbliked=main verb)
  • You should not leave the milk on the counter. (should=auxiliary verbleave=main verb)
write the auxiliary verb or verbs for each sentence
Write the auxiliary verb or verbs for each sentence .
  • The thief had stolen the bike.
  • Frank must have seen the accident happen.
  • I will leave on Saturday.
  • He should be ready by 4:00.
  • Their father has traveled to Europe many times.
  • Oscar has always been my favorite uncle.
the auxiliary verbs are in red
The auxiliary verbs are in red.
  • The thief had stolen the bike.
  • Frank must have seen the accident happen.
  • I will leave on Saturday.
  • He should be ready by 4:00.
  • Their father has traveled to Europe many times.
  • Oscar has always been my favorite uncle.
now write the main verb for each sentence
Now, write the main verb for each sentence.
  • The thief had stolen the bike.
  • Frank must have seen the accident happen.
  • I will leave on Saturday.
  • He should be ready by 4:00.
  • Their father has traveled to Europe many times.
  • Oscar has always been my favorite uncle.
the main verbs are in purple
The main verbs are in purple.
  • The thief had stolen the bike.
  • Frank must have seen the accident happen.
  • I will leave on Saturday.
  • He should be ready by 4:00.
  • Their father has traveled to Europe many times.
  • Oscar has always been my favorite uncle.
finally write the entire verb phrase for each sentence
Finally, write the entire verb phrase for each sentence.
  • The thief had stolen the bike.
  • Frank must have seen the accident happen.
  • I will leave on Saturday.
  • He should be ready by 4:00.
  • Their father has traveled to Europe many times.
  • Oscar has always been my favorite uncle.
the verb phrase is in green
The verb phrase is in green.
  • The thief had stolen the bike.
  • Frank must have seen the accident happen.
  • I will leave on Saturday.
  • He should be ready by 4:00.
  • Their father has traveled to Europe many times.
  • Oscar has always been my favorite uncle.