Auxiliary Verbs - Exercises

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Exercises

Decide which helping verb is needed.

  1. Wait, we help you.Wait is a signal word for the future I with will
  2. He watching TV right now.compound tense that consists only of two verbs, the full verb is in the ing-form → the helping verb has to be a form of be (present progressive)
  3. I not want to dance now.negation in the present → do|now is a signal word for the present
  4. you got a car?
  5. This sculpture made by a famous artist.passive in the past → was
  6. I be here tomorrow.negation in the future → will|tomorrow is a signal word for the future
  7. She asked you a question.compound tense that consists only of two verbs, the full verb is in the third verb form → the helping verb must be a form of have (present perfect simple)
  8. When you come home last night?question in the past → did|last night is a signal word for the simple past
  9. The kids playing in the garden all day.compound tense that consists of three verbs, the full verb is in the ing-form → the first helping verb must be a form of have and the second helping verb must be a form of be (present perfect progressive)

Decide if the underlined verb is being used as a helping verb or a full verb.

  1. I saw a man who was reading a book.was is used here as a helping verb in the construction of the past progressive tense
  2. He has a nice haircut.has appears with no other verb, therefore it must be a full verb
  3. What can I do for you?do is used as a full verb here (the last verb in English is always the full verb)|can is a modal verb
  4. What have you done?have is used here as a helping verb in the construction of the present perfect simple tense|the full verb done (the last verb)
  5. We did not go on holiday last year.did is used here as a helping verb in the construction of the negated simple past tense|the full verb is go (the last verb)