The verb helpers


HELPER verbs basically clarifies the role of a main verb in a sentence. They provide further information on the action or state of possessing. Categorised into five groups, one of these refer to the state-of-being verbs when they take on the helper role in a sentence.

Types of helpers
  • may,  might,  must
  • be,  being,  been,  am,  are,  is,  was,  were (state-of-being verbs)
  • do,  does,  did
  • should,  could,  would,  have,  had,  has
  • will,  can,  shall
Practice: Which is NOT a helper verb?

1. can,  may,  say,  must

2. is,  am,  are,  where

3. were,  at,  being,  be

4. been,  what,  am,  should

5. do,  did,  shall,  done

6. when,  should,  is,  might

7. has,  had,  on,  may

8. will,  can,  shall,  than

9. must,  am,  have,  it

10. could,  of,  has,  are

Practice: Identify the main verb and its helper.

Note: If necessary, read again about the difference between main verbs and helper verbs. Remember that the main verb and helper verb are not always together, and there may be more than one helper verb.

1. We have eaten all of the cookies.

2. The show must end now.

3. She might stop the video soon.

4. Wouldn't you eat all of that?

5. Sally is trying to take my paper!

6. Bob should have passed this test easily.

7. I may not redo the homework.

8. You will eat this entire thing!

9. This book might be too late.

10. The bottle could have floated across the lake.




Related articles

State-of-being verbs

Action verbs

Introduction to grammar