Students will use these worksheets to learn the proper use of these verb forms.

Every sentence that you read will have a verb to describe an action (action verbs) or condition (linking verb) describe within it. These actions or conditions can take place once or over time. Writers will also include a secondary verb in some situations to add a nuance to a sentence. The secondary verb can be used to express a tense, give a voice, form a negative or a question. These secondary verbs are called helping or auxiliary verbs. The most common forms of these verbs are be, do, have, and is. These words often attach themselves to the main verb within the sentence. They are also the most common verb form found in the English language. One simple way to identify these verbs is to look for verbs that express a tense, that is a dead giveaway. A distinction of a modal auxiliary verb is that they never change form which means that they will not -ed, -ing, or -s endings. This is because they only have one form. This would include words such as: can, could, shall, should, will, and would. Modal auxiliaries express a sense of obligation, indicating that something must be done.

These worksheets will help students learn to identify and properly use these verb forms in sentences. The worksheets below help students learn how to use these words properly in sentences. We work on the grammar, mechanics, and syntax issues that arise often in the English language. You will be advance on to writing full paragraphs that demand the use of these types of words. This leads us to correct tenses within what we write. Students will be made aware of how a single word change can have a major impact on the message that comes across to readers.

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Printable Auxiliary Verbs Worksheets

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Fill It In

A main verb shows the action or the state of being in a sentence. An auxiliary verb or helping verb works with the main verb to show when the action or state of being occurs (in the past, present or future).

Here to Help!

Some common auxiliary verbs are: is, am, are, has, have, had, do, does, was, were, and will.

Using Auxiliary Verbs

Read each sentence below. Circle whether or not the helping verb used is correct.

Correct Me!

Choose the correct word to complete each sentence.

Is it A, B, or C?

I cut my hair or color it?

Main Verbs!

Read each sentence below. Circle the correct helping verb to go in the blank.

The Right Way!

Each of the following sentences uses an auxiliary verb. Read each sentence. If the helping verb used is correct, write correct on the line.

Shall, Should, Will, Would

Complete each sentence by writing one of the auxiliary verbs above on the line.

Making Sense

Complete each sentence by adding one or more helping verbs that make sense.

Writing with Auxiliary Verbs

Write a brief narrative about something that happened to you recently. What happened? Why? How did it affect you? What did you do? What did you learn from it? Use at least five different auxiliary verbs in your narrative. Circle them.

Mark the Spot!

Which makes sense best?

May and Might

May and might are modal auxiliary verbs. They are used to modify the mood of a verb. May is used to express permission or possibility. The negative of may is may not. Might is also used to express possibility. The difference between them is that the possibility expressed by might is usually smaller. The negative of might is might not.

Will and Would

Will is used when an action is going to take place in the future, or when you are deciding at the time of speaking to do something in the future. The negative of will is will not or the contraction won't. Would has several functions: It functions as the past tense of will; it functions as the conditional mood of will; It is used to be polite. The negative of would is would not or the contraction wouldn't.

Should and Shall

Should is used to express the ideal (best) action which happens in the past, present, or future. The negative of should is should not or the contraction shouldn't. Shall expresses a future action. It is different than will in that it is used to express an order or prophecy. The negative of shall is shall not or the contraction shan't.

Helping To Get It Done!

Rewrite each sentence below three times, changing the helping verb to change the meaning of the sentence.