Types of Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary Verbs are verbs that merely help principal verbs in the formation of various verb forms. Auxiliary verbs are important as structural verbs.

After going through this post, you will be able to understand two types of auxiliary verbs.

Types of Auxiliary Verbs

Types of Auxiliary Verbs

There are two types of auxiliary verbs

PRIMARY AUXILIARY VERBSBe Verb: is, am, are, was, were, been, being
Have Verb: have, has, had, having
Do Verb: do, does, did
MODAL AUXILIARY VERBScan, could, shall, should, will, would, may, might, must, dare, need, used to, ought to

Types of Auxiliary Verbs #1

The Primary Auxiliary verbs are, do, have, be.


TYPE 1: To make a Passive Voice

  • It will be done in a short time. (Passive Voice)
  • The work is being done. (Passive Voice)
  • The sum has been worked out. (Passive Voice)

TYPE 2: To make Present Progressive

  • The girl is dancing. (Present Progressive)
  • I am doing the sum. (Present Progressive)
  • They are playing football. (Present Progressive)

TYPE 3: To make Past Progressive

  • He was sleeping at night. (Past Progressive)
  • The boys were reading in the class. (Past Progressive)


TYPE 1: To make a Passive Voice

The work had been done. (Passive Voice)

TYPE 2: To make Present Perfect

I have done the work. (Present Perfect)
He has gone, to school. (Present Perfect)

TYPE 3: To make Past Perfect

They had collected a picture. (Past Perfect)

TYPE 4: To form Nominative Absolute

The sun having risen, the darkness disappeared. (Nominative Absolute)


TYPE 1: To make an Interrogative sentence

  • Do you study in class X?
  • Does he take tea?
  • Did she write a letter?

TYPE 2: To make a Negative sentence

  • I do not like him.
  • He does not go to school.
  • They did not play football yesterday.

Shortened forms of ‘do’ auxiliaries :

do notdon’tI don’t do this work.
does notdoesn’tHe doesn’t do this work.
did notdidn’tHe didn’t do that work.

TYPE 3: To give stress on a statement

  • I do hereby authorise you.
  • He did help you, and you should not deny that.

Types of Auxiliary Verbs #2

The Modal Auxiliaries are can, may, shall, will, must, ought to, used to, need, and dare. They do not have-s’ forms or -ed participles. Can, may, shall, will, have special past forms (could, might, should, would), but the remainder (such as must) do not.

Will you go to school?
It will rain today.
You will not keep late hours at night before the exam.
WouldrequestingWould you give me a pen?
Shall I do the work?
I hope I shall complete the project within a week.
seeking advice
You should walk a mile in the morning.
Should we go for a walk?
The boy can speak English fluently.
We can hold a condolence meeting for his death this Sunday.
He could do the sum.
Could you help me to solve the problem?
He may come here today.
May I come in?
May I get you a cup of tea?
His statement might be true.
You might just as well go.
strong probability
You must obey your teacher.
Man must die one day.
You must be tired after a long journey.
We must not waste our time.
Darehave the courage
negative force
He dare not say so. (not dares’)
I dare you to prove that you’ve said so.
He dare not follow you.
Who dares to enter the room?
You need not (needn’t) come here.
Need he go there?
Used tohabitual action in the pastMy father used to teach me English.
Ought toobligation
strong likelihood
You ought to work hard.
The lawyer ought to be able to help you.

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