Basic Helping Verbs in English
Good day! In this complete tutorial for beginners, learners are going to learn what is a main verb and Basic Helping Verb in English. This lesson will discuss how to use helping verbs in English with examples to expound its meaning and uses. By the end of this lesson you will find the downloadable materials that will serve as your reference in future discussions. Now to start, let us know what are helping verbs and their examples.
Helping verbs (Auxiliary verbs) don’t have a specific definition. They “help” the main verb of the sentence.
In this lesson, you’ll learn the basic verbs “Do” “Be” and “Have” Helping verbs.
We use the helping verb “Do” to ask questions:
Helping verb Examples:
Do you like cake?
Does Joey have a pet?
Did you go to church?
Use “do” in the present tense with; I, we, you, they
Use “does” in the present tense with; she, he, it
Use “did” with all forms in the past.
Use “do” with question words:
Where do you work?
What time does the post office open?
Why did she go home early yesterday?
We also use “do” to form negative statements:
I don’t like cake.
Joey doesn’t have a pet.
We didn’t go to church.
Avoid this common error:
I no like cake. X
I not like cake. X
I don’t like cake. /
Helping verb: BE
Use “Be” to form continuous tenses with the -ing form of;
Present: am, is, are.
I’m studying French.
He’s playing computer games.
We’re watching movie now.
Past: Was / Were
Helping Verb Example:
He was sleeping while we were talking in the living room.
Future: Will Be
Tomorrow morning I’ll be travelling by bus in going to Laos.
Questions: Word order
Is he playing on the phone?
He is playing on the phone.
Were you having lunch?
We were having lunch.
Helping verb: Have
We use have to form Perfect tenses
Present perfect use have or has
I’ve finished my project.
She has just left for work.
Past perfect- use had
He said he had bought an iPhone.
John had walked the dog before he fell asleep.
Future Perfect – use Will Have
By this time tomorrow, I will have finished this project.
Questions: Word order
Have you finished the work?
I have finished the work.
Has she left the clinic?
She has left the clinic.
Had he bought the iPhone?
He had bought the iPhone.
Here’s the downloadable material of Tutorial on Basic Helping Verbs in English here.
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