Last Updated : 23 Aug 2015

AUXILIARY VERB OR HELPING VERB

Definition:
Verb that relates subjects with their predicates to identify tense and also voice, person, number, or mood.

Auxiliary verbs are used to enhance a main verb’s meaning by giving us more information about its tense.

BE FORM VERBS

e.g.

amareiswaswere

DO FORM VERBS

e.g.

dodoesdid

HAVE FORM VERBS

e.g.

havehashad

MODAL VERBS

e.g.

willwouldshallshouldcan
couldmaymightought todare
need    

The be form, do form, have form, and modal verbs are called auxiliary verbs.

 

What is a Verb Phrase?

Definition:
When a main verb has one or more helping verbs, this is called a verb phrase.

e.g.

Steven and David must have had permission to leave early
Sachin will not be going to cricket practice this evening
They should have been mailed earlier

 

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