Auxiliary Verbs, Helping Verbs, Definition and Examples

English Auxiliary Verb, Helping Verbs, Definition and Example Sentences;


English Auxiliary Verb, Helping Verbs, Definition and Example Sentences;

Helping Verbs/Auxiliary Verbs

Helping verbs are important. They are needed to make up the of a sentence. They are used to help the main verb. Helping verbs have no meaning on their own. They are necessary for the grammatical structure of a sentence, but they do not tell alone.

There are two types of verbs that can be used as helping verbs; auxiliary and modal.

Auxiliary Verbs: Helping verbs add meaning to the clause. Giving support or help, especially to a more important person or thing.

12 Tenses and Example Sentences in English Grammar

Helping Verbs – BE (am, is, are)
  • She is watching movie.
  • The children were playing outside.
  • I am having another piece of margarita pizza.
  • He is making breakfast for us now.
  • The flat tire was changed by Joseph.
  • Tom was given the grand prize.
  • She is in horrible pain.
  • Jenny is always spilling things.
  • John is messy.


Helping Verbs – HAVE
  • Sandra has finished her homework.
  • I have finished washing the clothes.
  • I have to have a house like that!
  • Mark has a large coffee stain on his shirt.
  • Bety has to pay her own tuition at college.
  • She has to have been the first student to try that.


Helping Verbs – DO
  • Rosie didn’t put his tea in a cup with a lid.
  • I don’t like you.
  • Do you want some tea?
  • She speaks faster than he does.
  • I don’t study all day.
  • Do you attend this course?
  • Does she work here?


Modal helping verbs

Modal auxiliaries or modals, like can, could, may, might, must, ought to, shall, should, will, and would, do not change form for different subjects.


Can / Could
  • My friend could always beat her sister.
  • Tommy can write poetry very well.
  • I can help you with that next Saturday.
  • Leo can’t speak English.
  • Sally can name all the UK presidents.
  • My father can’t reach the top shelf.
  • You couldn’t try using a stepladder.


May / Might
  • The school bus may arrive on time this morning.
  • Jessica may arrive late.
  • He may be my advisor next holiday.
  • He might have advised me not to take math.


Will / Would
  • Will Kane ride with James to soccer practice?
  • Would you mind if I stayed here for two days?
  • The conversation will be over soon.
  • The river will overflow its banks almost every winter.
  • Would you please take off your glasses?
  • Would you like a cup of English tea?
  • I won’t be able to visit you next autumn.


Shall / Should
  • Shall I set the table?
  • You should wait a little bit longer.
  • You should see a dentist.
  • Shall we talk?
  • Shall I call a dentist for you?
  • You really shouldn’t do like that.


  • You really must see a doctor.
  • I really must go this town.
  • Toms has lived in London for years. His English must be very good.
  • You must try this chicken. It’s excellent.
  • You mustn’t drive over the speed limit.
  • You mustn’t leave the kids alone.