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Auxiliary Verbs


Auxiliary verbs are verbs that combine with another verb to make a complete verb.

The most common auxiliary verbs are,

Be: am, is, are, was, were, being, been
Do: does, do, did
Have: has, have, had, having


They help express the tense, voice or mood of a sentence. The vern 'to be' helps form the progressive, the verb 'to have' helps to form the perfect and the verb 'to do' can be used to ask questions.

Remember, auxiliary verbs can add emphasis or ask questions.


Your Turn…

1. What are auxiliary verbs?
Verbs that combine with other verbs
Doing words
Verbs that have a letter ‘r’ in the middle

2. Which group of words are auxiliary verbs?
To dance, to sing and to sing
To wear, to laugh and to help
To have, to do and to be

3. Which auxiliary verb helps define the progressive tense?

4. Which auxiliary verb helps define the perfect tense?

5. Which auxiliary verb is common to questions?

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