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Main and helping verbs lesson

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  • 1. A summer´s trade DateGrammar lesson 5 # Main and helping verbs
  • 2. Main and Helping Verbs Once I was giving a speech and a fly flew in the room. Was giving is a verb phrase. It is made up of a main verb (giving) that tells the action and a helping verb (was) that helps tell the time of the action.
  • 3. Main and Helping Verbs Verbs that are made up of more than one word are verb phrases. In a verb phrase, the main verb names the action. The helping verb helps tell the time of the action.
  • 4. Main and Helping Verbs Some common helping verbs are has, have, had, am, is, are, was, were, do, does, did, can, could, will, would, and should.
  • 5. Main and Helping Verbs The main verb is always the last word in a verb phrase. (Animals are losing habitats.) There may be more than one helping verbs in a verb phrase. (We should have saved more wetland habitats.)
  • 6. Main and Helping Verbs Helping verbs such as is and are show that action is happening in the present. (Forests are cut down for wood.) Was and were tell that the action happened in the past. (Once millions of acres of forest were standing in this area.)
  • 7. Main and Helping Verbs Will tells that the action is happening in the future. (Trees will disappear if we don’t conserve them.)
  • 8. Main and Helping Verbs Find the verb phrase in each sentence. For years, people have given names to their pets. have given Our dog is named Groucho. is named Pets can perform fascinating tricks. can perform
  • 9. Main and Helping Verbs Find the verb phrase in each sentence. Groucho has entertained us for years. has entertained He could have been a standup comic. could have been Sometimes he will walk on his hind legs. will walk
  • 10. Main and Helping Verbs Find the verb phrase in each sentence. You should see his stubby tail. should see No one can resist his floppy ears. can resist
  • 11. Main and Helping VerbsFind the verb phrase. Tell which verb is the helping verb and which is the main verb. We should respect wild animals. should (helping) respect (main) They are sharing the planet with us. are (helping) sharing (main)
  • 12. Main and Helping VerbsFind the verb phrase. Tell which verb is the helping verb and which is the main verb. They can frighten us at times. can (helping) frighten (main) Most of them are frightened by us too. are (helping) frightened (main)
  • 13. Main and Helping Verbs Verbs that are made up of more than one word are verb phrases. In a verb phrase, the main verb names the action. The helping verb helps tell the time of the action.
  • 14. Main and Helping Verbs Some common helping verbs are has, have, had, am, is, are, was, were, do, does, did, can, could, will, would, and should.
  • 15. Main and Helping Verbs Verbs that are made up of more than one word are verb phrases. In a verb phrase, the main verb names the action. The helping verb helps tell the time of the action.
  • 16. Main and Helping Verbs Some common helping verbs are has, have, had, am, is, are, was, were, do, does, did, can, could, will, would, and should.
  • 17. Main and Helping Verbs A verb phrase tells when an action takes place. Is, are, do, does, has, and have show present time. Was, were, did, and had show past time. Will shows future time. The main verb may change to show time too (is walking; had walked)
  • 18. Main and Helping Verbs Test Tip: A test may ask you to tell whether a word such as are is a helping verb or a linking verb. To answer, check how the word is used in a sentence. A helping verb is part of a verb phrase and is followed by a verb.
  • 19. Main and Helping Verbs A linking verb is usually followed by a noun or an adjective. Helping Verb:They are traveling. Linking Verb: They are excited.

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