Helping Verbs - the Definition and Meaning of a Helping Verb
What is a
verb? The meaning or definition of a
Verb is as follows "A verb is a word which implies action or the
doing of something, or it may be defined as a word which
affirms, commands or asks a question". But what is a helping
verb? 'Helping verbs' work with the main verb to give the reader
a better idea of when the action takes place - in he present,
past or in the future e.g. have, had and shall.
Verbs may also be divided into principal and auxiliary.
Auxiliary verbs are called helping verbs, because it is by their
aid that the compound tenses are formed. A principal verb is
that without which a sentence or clause can contain no assertion
or affirmation. An auxiliary is a verb joined to the root or
participles of a principal verb to express time and manner with
greater precision than can be done by the tenses and moods in
their simple form. Thus, the sentence, "I am writing an
exercise; when I shall have finished it I shall read it to the
class." has no meaning without the principal verbs writing,
finished read; but the meaning is rendered more definite,
especially with regard to time, by the auxiliary ( or helping)
verbs am, have, shall.
many auxiliary or helping verbs: Be, have, am, are, is, was,
were, has, had, do, shall, will, may, can, ought, and must.
They are called helping verbs, because it is by their aid the
compound tenses are formed.
List of Helping Verbs
The following table details a list of helping verbs:
List of Helping
List of Helping Verbs
The helping verb
The verb 'To Be' is the most important of the auxiliary or
helping verbs. It originally had eleven parts: am, art, is, are,
was, wast, were, wert; be, being and been although some are no
longer used in the modern English language.
Examples Help -
Understanding the Different Helping Verbs!
Understanding the different types of helping verbs is a basic
requirement of the English language. We hope the above
information will be of some assistance.
Types of Helping Verbs - Be, have, do, shall,
will, may, can, ought, and must
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