Use this tag if you are asking about the usage of ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Auxiliary/Helping Verbs.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Auxiliary/Helping Verbs are verbs that are used with other full verbs to make the different tenses, voice or modality in a sentence.

Auxiliary Verbs have many functions:

  1. Express Tense (past, present, future, etc.)
  • I am writing a novel.
  1. Negation
  • If he doesn't arrive on time, he'll have to take a later flight.
  1. Modality
  • I can see clearly now the rain has gone.
  1. Voice (relationship between actions and participants)

The chair was moved to the other side of the room.

  1. Add emphasis to a sentence
  • Did they like the movie?

Forms of the Auxiliary Verb Be:

  • Be, Been, Am, Is, Are, Was, Were

Forms of the Auxiliary Verb Do:

  • Do, Does, Did

Forms of the Auxiliary Verb Have:

  • Have, Has, Had

Modal Auxiliary Verbs:

  • Can, Could, May, Might, Must, Ought to, Shall, Should, Will, Would
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