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Helping Verbs. Definition : helps the main verb express action or a state of being. *labeled orange. Examples : - can speak - will learn - should have been fed.

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Definition: helps the main verb express action or a state of being. *labeled orange


- can speak - will learn - should have been fed


Together, the main verb and its helping verb or verbs are called a verb phrase.


- Many students can speak Spanish.

- I will be learning about helping verbs today.


Some words can be used as both helping verbs and main verbs.

Helping Verb:

- I do enjoy the movies.

Main Verb:

- I will do the dishes.


Sometimes a verb phrase is interrupted by another part of speech.


- Students should not forget their homework.

- Did you call your friends this weekend?


The word NOT and its contraction, -n’t, are adverbs telling to what extent; neither is part of a verb phrase.


- Students should not forget their homework.

helping verbs are orange
Helping Verbs are Orange
  • Underline helping verbs orange and write “H” above each helping verb.

Helping Verbs Song (sung to the tune of “Jingle Bells”)

Helping verbs, helping verbs, There are twenty-three: AM, IS, ARE, WAS and WERE BEING, BEEN, and BE….oh! HAVE, HAS, HAD, DO, DOES, DID, SHALL, WILL, SHOULD, and WOULD. There are five more helping verbs: MAY, MIGHT, MUST, CAN, COULD.