Helping Verbs are the verbs that merely help principal verbs in the formation of various verb forms. Helping Verbs are important as structural verbs.
In this post, you will find the top 23 helping verbs.
23 Helping Verbs List
There are two types of Helping Verbs
|Primary Helping Verbs||Be Verb: is, am, are, was, were, been, being|
Have Verb: have, has, had, having
Do Verb: do, does, did
|Modal Helping Verbs||can, could, shall, should, will, would, may, might, must, dare, need, used to, ought to|
23 helping verbs Examples
23 Helping Verbs Examples #1
TO BE (am, is, are)
- I am working,
- You are writing.
- He is sleeping.
- The horses are running, and Rama was drawing pictures.
- Was he reading?
- I shall be sleeping then.
- Were they quarrelling?
- She will be combing her hair then.
- We shall be cleaning the room then.
- I am to go to school at 10 a.m.
- You are to write this composition.
- I am to meet him at the station.
- He is to leave for Agartala tomorrow.
- They are to obey their teachers.
- The boy was to see the doctor.
- You are to wait for another hour.
- We are to prepare this lesson today.
- The chief minister is to unveil this statue.
- Students are to organize a science exhibition.
- Suman and Sumati were to be married last month.
- Jatinbabu is to teach us English from tomorrow.
- General Chowdhury was to direct this offensive.
- All players are to assemble on the field at three in the afternoon.
23 Helping Verbs Examples #2
TO HAVE (Have, Has, Had)
- I have this book.
- I have read this book.
- He has eaten.
- You have done well in the examination.
- He has been studying since morning.
- They have been taking care of the motherless child.
- It has been raining continuously for the last three days.
- You have been asking the same question again and again.
- I have to get up at 5 in the morning.
- He had to do everything himself.
- Ram babu has to raise three children.
- The defeated enemy had to surrender.
- You have to meet him as soon as possible.
23 Helping Verbs Examples #3
TO DO (do, did, does)
- Do not waste your time.
- You do not look well.
- He does not sleep in the daytime.
- I do not like flattery.
- Do you not like sweets?
- Did she not pass the test?
- Did he come to school yesterday?
- He does not always travel by bus.
- Do not show disrespect to your elders.
- Did you think of visiting Darjeeling this summer?
- Children like sweets; so do I.
- You like him; do you not?
- The girl dances well. Yes, she does.
- Do you bathe in the pond daily? Yes, I do.
- Do you recognize me? No, I do not.
- You saw him in the market yesterday. Did you not?
- Yes, you do look beautiful.
- His speech did impress me.
- I do attach importance to regularity.
23 Helping Verbs Examples #4
Shall / Will
- Who will take this responsibility?
- When shall we meet again?
- When will the book be published?
- Autumn will come after the monsoons.
- He shall be twenty-five next Sunday.
- The country will realize his nobility after his death,
- Shall I take the book?
- Which watch shall I buy?
- Shall we go for a walk now?
- Shall the man serve us breakfast now?
- Will you take your tea with us today?
- Will you allow me to use the telephone?
- He will talk about nothing but food.
- They will be watching TV for hours together.
- That will be Satish who is knocking at the door.
23 Helping Verbs Examples #5
May / Might
- l may go.
- He may succeed.
- It may be true.
- He might have been hurt.
- He may have lost his book.
- It might rain tomorrow morning.
- I might go to the market.
- He might have gone home yesterday.
- He may not lend you money.
- The man may not come this night.
- I may see you if I can find the time.
- The man might have got into the room any Moment.
- You might have succeeded if you had tried a little harder.
- He may take rice today. You may come in.
- Yes, you may.
- No, you may not.
- May I take leave?
- May I come in?
- You may go home now.
- May I get a cup of tea?
- May I go out, sir?
- May I help you?
- You might use my pen.
- Might I ask you for a favour?
- I told him that he might see me in
- Might I ask you
- May you live long.
- May you be happy.
- May ruin seize them. May you prosper.
- May God help you.
- May God bless you.
- May his soul rest in peace.
- May you be happy forever, my son.
- May thy wish be fulfilled through my life.
23 Helping Verbs Examples #6
Can / Could
- I can walk.
- You cannot read.
- Hari can write.
- Birds can fly.
- Yes, he can.
- No, he cannot.
- Can he swim?
- He can do it easily.
- You could do the work.
- Can you play chess?
- I tried as best I could.
- The dumb cannot speak.
- We cannot do without him.
- We cannot live without water.
- You could do this if you tried.
- He can read English very well.
- I cannot walk as fast as you.
- This pot can hold a litre of milk.
- I could not stand such an insult.
- He was so weak that he could not walk.
- I could not pick him up in the crowd.
- If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
- Dulal could not come to school yesterday on account of his illness.
- I know who can do the job well and who could do it better.
- Could you lend me your pen?
- Could you come to my office?
- Could you help me with some money?
- Could you drop my letter into the letter?
- Could you not help him in this matter?
- Could you come to take tea at my home this evening?
23 Helping Verbs Examples #7
- I must go.
- Go I must.
- He must have gone.
- He must be a liar.
- You must do this.
- You must not tell a lie.
- You must be a rich man.
- You must have been absent.
- Must we weep forever?
- We must obey the laws.
- We must go to school every day.
- We must do our duty.
- You must have seen an aeroplane.
- The man must be dead by this time.
- You must take him to the hospital.
- We must abide by the will of God.
- We must on no account allow him to escape.
- I must finish this work before sunset.
- You must have heard the name Rabindranath.
- What cannot be cured must be endured.
- He must have been promoted to class IX by this time.
- The man must be mad or how could he say this?
23 Helping Verbs Examples #8
Should / Would
- He would bathe in the river.
- We should not sleep during the daytime.
- Should you excuse my fine, I shall be happy.
- We should obey our parents.
- Bimal would read twelve hours a day.
- Would you please lend me a rupee?
- Would you please tell me the time?
- I should be glad to see you.
- We should not laugh at a lame man.
- Should I put a little more sugar in your tea?
- He would often sit up very late at night.
- I would sometimes sit idle for hours,
23 Helping Verbs Examples #9
- We ought to obey our parents.
- We ought not to laugh at a lame man.
- You should have (or, ought to have) taken his permission beforehand.
- You should not (of, ought not to) quarrel with your friend.
- He should have (or, ought to have) warned the boy from before.
- You should have (or, ought to have) come back before dark.
23 Helping Verbs Examples #10
- I dare to say that you are a liar.
- He dare not speak of the incident openly.
- I dared or durst not enter the room. Or, I did not dare to enter the room.
- Trisna dare not come to me.
- Parag dared insult me to my face.
- Sugata durst (or, dared) not do this.
- I dare not insult him.
- How dare he argue with you?
- Dare he behaves badly towards my guests?
- Arjuna dared Karna to a duel.
- Bhima dared Duryodhana to fight with clubs.
- Being defeated the other day, he does not dare me to fight with him anymore.
- I dare (defy) death,
- I can dare any danger.
- I shall dare him to fight with me.
- Saurav has dared Donald to fight with him on the field.
23 Helping Verbs Examples #11
- Need he go?
- You need not apply.
- Bijan need not go there.
- We need not do this work.
- You need not trouble yourself.
- Rumpita need not come here anymore.
- You need not have waited so long.
- Rohit need not worry.
- You need not have bothered so much about this trivial matter.
- I need not have bought it.
- Need I write (a letter) to him?
- I need your help.
23 Helping Verbs Examples #12
- He used to play football when he was at school.
- I used to live here when I was a boy.
- He used to walk every morning when he was in Kolkata.
- I used to go to school by tramcars.
- In our childhood, we used to sing religious hymns in the morning.
- Raghu used to wake us every morning.
- I used to do physical exercise in my boyhood.
- When at school I used to do sums every day.
- When living in the village, we used to bathe in the tank.
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