Auxiliary Verbs for beginners

Auxiliary verbs help the main verb to express tense or voice or help make questions and negative sentences. That's why they're also called 'helping verbs'.

"Auxiliary Verbs" in English Grammar

What Are Auxiliary Verbs?

Auxiliary verbs are helping verbs. They do not have separate meanings and are only used with other verbs to make questions, different tenses, etc. Here are the major auxiliary verbs in English:

using the auxiliary verb 'be'

Be

Be is one of the irregular verbs. It has several forms.

Subject Present
I am
He/She/It is
We/You/They are
Subject Past
I/He/She/It was
We/You/They were
Present participle Past participle
being been

Do

Do is an irregular verb. It has different forms:

Subject Present Past
I/We/You/They do did
He/She/It does did
Present participle Past participle
Doing done

Have

Have is an irregular verb. It has three different forms:

Subject Present Past
I/We/You/They have had
He/She/It has had
Present participle Past participle
Having had

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