A helping verb helps to describe the action of a main verb in a sentence. Usually, they give the reader more detail about when the action takes place.
A word cannot be an auxiliary verb unless there is another verb to help. Together, the main verb and its auxiliary verb are called a verb phrase.
Some auxiliary verbs also act as linking verbs. You can spot the difference between auxiliary and linking verbs, because linking verbs will not be attached to any other verbs in the sentence and link t…
I might go out tonight.
He is driving to the show.
I am bringing snacks.
Would you look for my pen?
Shall we dance?
I have eaten there already.
She might study tonight instead of going out.
He must practice his chords to get better.
Did you tell him that?
Oprah is giving everyone a car.
Iggy Azalea should never rap again.
Ms. Harrison is teaching subversive literature again.
My cat has puked again.
She would write beautiful music.
Sadly, Ariana Grande will not stop squeaking.
will stop squeaking
Not surprisingly, Nicholas Cage has starred in another terrible movie.
Arnold has been pumping iron since the 1970's.
has been pumping
Pharrell must have been feeling happy when he wrote that ubiquitous song.
must have been feeling
Taylor Swift has written yet another break-up song.