Main and Helping Verbs

A verb is a word that denotes being, having, or doing something. Verbs are classified in four different ways.

  • Main and Helping Verbs
  • Transitive and Intransitive
  • Finite and Nonfinite
  • State and Event
Main Verbs and Helping Verbs

In this post, we only discuss Main and Helping Verbs.


Main and Helping Verbs


The verbs which are used independently without help from other verbs are called Principal Verbs or Main Verbs.

Examples:

  • She is a teacher
  • I have an umbrella.
  • He does his work perfectly.
  • She wills to have a prize.

In the above sentences, is, have, does, and wills these verbs are used without any help from other verbs. So these verbs are Principal Verbs or Main Verbs.

An auxiliary verb is one that helps a Principal verb to form a tense or mood or voice. Hence it is also called a Helping verb.

Examples:

  • She is writing a letter.
  • I have come to school.
  • He does not go to school.
  • She will sing a song.

In the above sentences, is, have, does, and will each of the verbs are Helping verbs of main verbs like write, come, go and sing.


Main and Helping Verbs Examples


  • We are going to the store for Cow milk.
  • I will help you in the kitchen.
  • You will want dessert soon
  • He has taken this test once before.
  • The shoe is missing from the closet.
  • I was wishing for a pony.
  • My mother is waiting in the parking lot.
  • The birds had followed the leader in the sky.
  • He has asked for a new skateboard.
  • These horses have lived here for years.

Main and Helping Verbs Exercise



In each sentence, underline the main verb and circle the helping verb.

  1. I am studying the amazing life of Rabindranath Tagore.
  2. My class will write reports about this Hero.
  3. We have read an exciting account of her triumphs.
  4. Lisa is painting a picture of a famous cricketer.
  5. Tom and I are working on a poster about Gandhi‘s victories.
  6. Monika had overcome serious physical problems.
  7. Her mother had given her a great deal of support.
  8. The people in Tom’s hometown were cheering for him.
  9. People will remember Gandhi’s accomplishments for many years.
  10. His story has inspired young cricketers around the world.


In each sentence, underline the main verb and circle the helping verb.

  1. I will not go to school tomorrow.
  2. We are running late.
  3. They could try one more time.
  4. I did not make my bed.
  5. Rina has asked me several times.
  6. Has she worn this dress before?
  7. They should think about his feelings.
  8. Would you be available in the evening?
  9. There has been no progress.
  10. Elisha is counting on him.
  11. I am writing an article.

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