Helping verbs are sometimes referred to as auxiliary verb because they push the main verb along.

Sometimes a single action word (verb) does not have enough push by itself to make an impact on the audience it is trying to get a message across to. This is where the good ole’ helping verb comes in. A helping verb extends the meaning of a sentence a great deal. Helping verbs can extend expression in all times, amounts, and variety of actions occur in all kinds of different directions. These types of verbs can complicate things or make them easier, depending on the situation that they are used in. It entirely is at the discretion of the author and what they choose to do with it. There are three primary help verbs. These words include be, do, and have. These words can also be used as the main verb of a sentence. There are variations and plays off these words based on the tense structure that the sentence calls for. The word "be" can have two variations that can present as the word "is" in the continuous tense and as the word "are" in the passive tense.

These worksheets take students through a wide array of word usage. We start by working on simple word placement with sentences. We progress on to rewriting and editing sentences. The worksheets progress on to constructing well thought out sentences that exhibit solid syntax and adheres to grammar rules. Students will quickly learn that the most problematic use of this words comes with using the correct verb tense. Reading these sentences aloud can be used as a confirming practice.

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

Rewrite the Sentences

Rewrite each sentence below, adding a word so that the action happened in the past. Alter the main verb as necessary.

Using Helping Verbs

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

Choose the Correct Word

Choose the correct word to complete each sentence.

Verbs that Help

Rewrite each sentence, adding word so that the sentence makes sense.

Verbs That Lend a Hand

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

Is It Right?

Each of the following sentences uses a helping verb. Read each sentence. If it is used correctly, write correct on the line. If the sentence is incorrect, write the correct word on the line.

Choosing Words

Complete each sentence by writing a new word on the line.

Rewriting Sentences

Rewrite each sentence using a word to show that the action takes place in the past, present or future, as indicated in parenthesis.

Circle It Up!

Read each sentence below. Circle the correct word to complete the sentence.

Choose To Correct

What word would finish off this sentence nicely?

Underline Twice

For each sentence below, underline the verb once. Underline the helping verb twice.

The Complete Package

Complete each sentence below by putting a new word in there.

Where Does It Start?

Complete each sentence to the best of your ability.

The Words: may, might, must, can, could

Which of these words fits each sentence best?