Different helping verbs help or support the main verb in different ways for instance they can show tense which indicates when an action happened ability intention or possibility the primary helping verbs are to be to do and to have to better understand how helping verbs support main verbs consider the examples below. For example in the sentence shyla can ride her sisters bicycle the helping verb can stands in front of ride which is the main verb more than one helping verb can be used in a sentence for example in the sentence shyla could have walked to school there are two helping verbs could and have . Main verb example see the difference between main verbs and helping verbs examples definitions worksheets and quizzes grammar terms explained. A helping verb is a verb used with a main verb to express the main verbs tense mood or voice explained in more detail the main helping verbs are to be to have and to do helping verbs are also known as auxiliary verbs this page has lots of examples of helping verbs and an interactive exercise. Auxiliary verb have the verb have can also be used as full verb or a helping verb the way to differentiate between them is that if have is used as an auxiliary verb then it has to be followed by a main verb as well
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