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Helping verb – to beLangpill.comHelping verb – to beIntroduction1) We use auxiliary verbs to form questions, negative sentences, compound tenses (theperfect tense or the continuous tense), or the passive voice. Auxiliary verbs are also knownashelping verbs.They are used together with a main verb to give grammatical informationand additional meaning to a sentence.Although there are 23 helping verbs in English, which include modal verbs (can, must etc.),the basic auxiliary verbs areto be, to do, to have.2)To beis the most common verb in English. It can be used as an auxiliary and a main verb.My sisteriskind. (main verb)My sisteris cookingdinner. (auxiliary verb; helps to build the present continuous tense)Note that the verbto beis irregular.Base formbeTo be, ornot to be, that is the question.Present formam/is/areIama doctor, my brotherisa teacher, and my cousinsarebakers.Past formwas/wereMy friendswere out partyingall night, and Iwasstudyingfor the exam.

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Term
Spring
Professor
steve uydess
Tags
Copula, Perfect aspect, English verbs

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