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Helping Verb - Glossary of Terms

Helping Verb

An auxiliary verb (or helping verb) accompanies another verb in order to help express its tense, mood, voice or condition.  The verbs to have, to be, to do, can, may and shall are commonly used auxiliary verbs.


Do you have to leave at six o'clock?
I can help you.

Interactive example:
I was talking to Jane.  You have been annoying me all day. [show me the helping verbs]
Associated pages:
What are verbs?
Glossary of grammatical terms

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