Parts of Speech - Verbs
Sometimes a verb can be more than one word. When a verb is more than one word, it is called a verb phrase. Verb phrases can be two, three, or four words. Verb phrases are made by using auxiliary or helping verbs.
Instructions: What are the verb phrases in these sentences?
1. You are going to Seattle.
2. You have been resting too much.
3. We must be early.
4. I will be finished shortly.
These sentences all have what are called auxiliary or helping verbs. I
will refer to them as helping verbs. There are twenty-three (23) helping verbs that should
be memorized since they are used so often. If you will memorize them, it will make knowing
and understanding verbs much easier. They are usually grouped in the following five
Group 1: is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been
Group 2: has, have, had
Group 3: do, does, did
Group 4: shall, will, should, would
Group 5: may, might, must, can, could