Helping Verbs List & Flashcards

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He walks home.

Present perfect: _____

Past perfect: _____

Present progressive: _____

Past progressive: _____

Present perfect: He has walked home.

Past perfect: He had walked home.

Present progressive: He is walking home.

Past progressive: He was walking home.

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What is the tense of this sentence?

(present perfect, past perfect, present progressive, past progressive)

Everyone had forgotten the words to the song.

past perfect
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Which helping verb goes in the blank?

My teacher _____ walking around the classroom during the test yesterday. (were, had, was, been)

was
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Which word is the helping verb?

My neighbor might plant tomatoes in her backyard.

might
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Which helping verb goes in the blank?

His sister _____ leave at five o'clock. (were, must, has, am)

must
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The verb 'to be' can be a helping verb or a _____ verb.
linking
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Which word is the helping verb?

My dog might bite you if you pet him.

might
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Which helping verb goes in the blank?

Her friends _____ attending summer camp for five weeks this summer. (can, been, was, are)

are
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I draw a picture.

Present perfect: _____

Past perfect: _____

Present progressive: _____

Past progressive: _____

Present perfect: I have drawn a picture.

Past perfect: I had drawn a picture.

Present progressive: I am drawing a picture.

Past progressive: I was drawing a picture.

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She says, 'Great job!'

Present perfect: _____

Past perfect: _____

Present progressive: _____

Past progressive: _____

Present perfect: She has said, 'Great job!'

Past perfect: She had said, 'Great job!'

Present progressive: She is saying, 'Great job!'

Past progressive: She was saying, 'Great job!'

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Bob thinks about it.

Present perfect: _____

Past perfect: _____

Present progressive: _____

Past progressive: _____

Present perfect: Bob has thought about it.

Past perfect: Bob had thought about it.

Present progressive: Bob is thinking about it.

Past progressive: Bob was thinking about it.

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Helping Verb
A verb that precedes the main verb and adds information about time or conditions.
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Which helping verb goes in the blank?

Henry and Maria _____ wearing purple and yellow coats every day last winter. (is, could, might, were)

were
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Which helping verb goes in the blank?

You _____ finish on time, if you work quickly. (is, can, does, have)

can
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Flashcard Content Overview

Every sentence has at least one verb, but some sentences also have a helping verb that modifies the main verb in some way. The great thing about helping verbs is that they can really clarify a writer's or speaker's intended meaning. Use this flashcard set to learn how auxiliary verbs like have or had add time-related meaning to a sentence, while the main verb's meaning is conditioned by modal verbs such as should and must. Practice finding and using helping verbs in example sentences.

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Which helping verb goes in the blank?

You _____ finish on time, if you work quickly. (is, can, does, have)

can

Which helping verb goes in the blank?

Henry and Maria _____ wearing purple and yellow coats every day last winter. (is, could, might, were)

were
Helping Verb
A verb that precedes the main verb and adds information about time or conditions.

Bob thinks about it.

Present perfect: _____

Past perfect: _____

Present progressive: _____

Past progressive: _____

Present perfect: Bob has thought about it.

Past perfect: Bob had thought about it.

Present progressive: Bob is thinking about it.

Past progressive: Bob was thinking about it.

She says, 'Great job!'

Present perfect: _____

Past perfect: _____

Present progressive: _____

Past progressive: _____

Present perfect: She has said, 'Great job!'

Past perfect: She had said, 'Great job!'

Present progressive: She is saying, 'Great job!'

Past progressive: She was saying, 'Great job!'

I draw a picture.

Present perfect: _____

Past perfect: _____

Present progressive: _____

Past progressive: _____

Present perfect: I have drawn a picture.

Past perfect: I had drawn a picture.

Present progressive: I am drawing a picture.

Past progressive: I was drawing a picture.

Which helping verb goes in the blank?

Her friends _____ attending summer camp for five weeks this summer. (can, been, was, are)

are

Which word is the helping verb?

My dog might bite you if you pet him.

might
The verb 'to be' can be a helping verb or a _____ verb.
linking

Which helping verb goes in the blank?

His sister _____ leave at five o'clock. (were, must, has, am)

must

Which word is the helping verb?

My neighbor might plant tomatoes in her backyard.

might

Which helping verb goes in the blank?

My teacher _____ walking around the classroom during the test yesterday. (were, had, was, been)

was

What is the tense of this sentence?

(present perfect, past perfect, present progressive, past progressive)

Everyone had forgotten the words to the song.

past perfect

He walks home.

Present perfect: _____

Past perfect: _____

Present progressive: _____

Past progressive: _____

Present perfect: He has walked home.

Past perfect: He had walked home.

Present progressive: He is walking home.

Past progressive: He was walking home.

Which helping verb goes in the blank?

Rudy _____ deciding which cookie to eat first. (am, could, is, must)

is

Which two words are the helping verbs?

Alicia had been standing in line.

had been

Which helping verb goes in the blank?

I _____ climb to the top of the tree. (are, am, can, have)

can

In this sentence, 'were' functions as a _____ verb. (linking, helping)

His rabbits were eating alfalfa.

helping

What is the tense of this sentence?

(present perfect, past perfect, present progressive, past progressive)

Julian was finishing his homework.

past progressive

I sit in front.

Present perfect: _____

Past perfect: _____

Present progressive: _____

Past progressive: _____

Present perfect: I have sat in front.

Past perfect: I had sat in front.

Present progressive: I am sitting in front.

Past progressive: I was sitting in front.

What is the tense of this sentence?

sentence

(present perfect, past perfect, present progressive, past progressive)

We have won the race.

present perfect

In this sentence, 'are' functions as a _____ verb. (linking, helping)

Your shoes are new.

linking

Which helping verb goes in the blank?

He _____ study harder if he wants to get better grades. (is, should, were, been)

should

Identify the helping verb:

Sally ought to clean up her room more often.

ought to

What is the tense of this sentence?

(present perfect, past perfect, present progressive, past progressive)

I am watching my favorite show.

present progressive

You play video games.

Present perfect: _____

Past perfect: _____

Present progressive: _____

Past progressive: _____

Present perfect: You have played video games.

Past perfect: You had played video games.

Present progressive: You are playing video games.

Past progressive: You were playing video games.

Tonya listens to music.

Present perfect: _____

Past perfect: _____

Present progressive: _____

Past progressive: _____

Present perfect: Tonya has listened to music.

Past perfect: Tonya had listened to music.

Present progressive: Tonya is listening to music.

Past progressive: Tonya was listening to music.

Which word is the helping verb?

We shall celebrate all weekend.

shall

Which word is the helping verb?

His favorite sports team is winning the series.

is

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