The 23 Helping Verbs Chart
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work with the main verb to tell about the action. Usually, they give the reader
more detail about when the action takes place.
cannot be a helping verb unless there is another verb to help. Together,
the main verb and its helping verb are called a verb phrase.
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Other things to keep in mind:
Not every sentence will have a helping verb with the main verb.
When you see an "ing" verb such as "running", be on the lookout for a
helping verb as well.
Sometimes there is another word which separates the helping verb from the
One common example is "not", as in:
The boy couldn't find his socks.
Fairy tales are sometimes called folktales.
A sentence may contain up to three helping verbs to the main verb. An
example would be:
The dog must have been chasing the cat.