Helping Verbs

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Helping Verbs 1
Helping Verbs 1
Exercise
Helping Verbs 1
Students will be able to add a layer of complexity to their verbiage with this exercise that introduces helping verbs.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Helping vs. Linking Verbs
Helping vs. Linking Verbs
Worksheet
Helping vs. Linking Verbs
Linking and helping verbs may not be the most exciting or understood verbs — but they are still important! Learn and practice these parts of speech with this interactive activity.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Helping Verbs and Linking Verbs Story
Helping Verbs and Linking Verbs Story
Worksheet
Helping Verbs and Linking Verbs Story
Linking and helping verbs may not be the most exciting or understood verbs — but they are still important! Learn and practice these parts of speech with this interactive activity.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Helping Verbs 2
Helping Verbs 2
Exercise
Helping Verbs 2
Give students a helping hand with this exercise that explains and gives examples of helping verbs.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Monster Grammar! Double Negatives #2
Monster Grammar! Double Negatives #2
Worksheet
Monster Grammar! Double Negatives #2
Children will boost their negative word vocabulary, then practice spotting double negatives in sentences.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Monster Double Negatives #3
Monster Double Negatives #3
Worksheet
Monster Double Negatives #3
What third grader doesn't love monsters, vampires and ogres? Your child will enjoy learning about double negatives with this fun worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Monster Double Negatives #6
Monster Double Negatives #6
Worksheet
Monster Double Negatives #6
Your third grader will get the hang of double negatives in no time with this worksheet all about vampires, ogres and monsters.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Monster Double Negatives #4
Monster Double Negatives #4
Worksheet
Monster Double Negatives #4
Double negatives are a no no! See if you and your child can choose the right word to avoid these tricky grammar mistakes.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Monster Double Negatives #5
Monster Double Negatives #5
Worksheet
Monster Double Negatives #5
Don't let grammar get scary! Help your child choose the correct word to avoid double negatives with this fun monster-themed worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Helping Verbs

Everyone can use a little help sometimes...even verbs. Helping verbs (or the fancy version, “auxiliary verbs”) help to show a verb’s tense or possibility. Words like am, is, are and was add detail to sentences and make the subject’s plans clearer. Confused? Us too. Clear up helping verbs with our worksheets, lesson plans, activities, articles, and so much more.
Students are initially taught that a complete sentence or clause requires a noun, a verb, and to be a complete thought. They will have to move beyond simple complex and compound clauses, though. Using different categories of verbs, like helper verbs, in conjunction with the main verb, will help them.

Depending on the types of helping verbs, they can extend the meaning of the base verb, help convey the current time setting by creating different verb tenses, or convey different meanings and understandings of the main verb. You can show these different types of helper verbs in action using the resources above, provided by Education.com.

Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs are verbs that add meaning to the main verb. There are three main auxiliary verbs that each have their own many forms:
  • To be: am, is, are, was, were, be, been
  • To do: do, does, did
  • To have: have, has, had
While be, do, and have are their own verbs, when used with another verb, they become auxiliary.

Modal Verbs

Modal verbs are helping verbs that modify the action or meaning of the main verb. They show the obligation to do, the possibility of, or the necessity of the main verb in the sentence:
  • Can
  • Could
  • May
  • Might
  • Wil
  • Would
  • Should
  • Must
Perfect Verb Form

Using the perfect aspect of a helper verb allows the writer to convey whether something is/was/will be in a state of progress. In its progressive form, "had been" is used with the normally present tense -ing form of the main verb to convey the past perfect progressive tense: I had been studying.