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.

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Helpers

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 helping verb 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 helping verb used is correct.

Choose the Correct Helping Verb

Choose the correct word to complete each sentence.

Verbs that Help

Rewrite each sentence, adding helping verb so that the sentence makes sense.

Verbs That Lend a Hand

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

Helping Verbs

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

Choosing Helping Verbs

Complete each sentence by writing a helping verb on the line.

Helping Verbs

Rewrite each sentence using a helping verb 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 helping verb to complete the sentence.

Choose To Correct

Choose the correct helping verb to complete each sentence.

Underline Twice

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

The Complete Package

Complete each sentence below by adding a helping verb.

Where Does It Start?

Complete each sentence to the best of your ability.

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

Choose the correct helping verb to complete each sentence.