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Main and Helping Verbs

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Billy McQueen

on 22 October 2012

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Transcript of Main and Helping Verbs

Main and Helping Verbs Verbs that are made up of more than one word are verb phrases. In a verb phrase, the main
verb names the action. The helping verb helps tell the time of the action. Some common
helping verbs are: has, have, had, am, is, are, was, were, do, does, did, can, could, will, would,
and should. • The main verb is always the last word in a verb phrase. (Animals are losing habitats.) • There may be more than one helping verb in a verb phrase. (We should have saved more wetland habitats.) • Helping verbs such as is and are show that action is happening in the present. (Forests are cut down for wood.) Was and were tell that the action happened in the past. (Once millions of acres of forest were standing in this area.) Will tells that the action is happening in the future. (Trees will disappear if we don’t conserve them.) Underline the verb phrase in each sentence.

1. For years, people have given names to their pets.
2. Our dog is named Groucho.
3. Pets can perform fascinating tricks.
4. Groucho has entertained us for years.
5. He could have been a standup comic.
6. Sometimes he will walk on his hind legs.
7. You should see his stubby tail.
8. No one can resist his floppy ears.
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