Helping Verbs Worksheet

Category: Grammar

Practice proper verb usage with this Helping Verbs Worksheet. Two different types of exercises help you to learn when and how to use helping verbs and to identify verb phrases containing helping verbs.

Instructions

For examples 1-5, fill in the blank with a suitable helping verb, and draw a circle around the entire verb phrase.

For examples 6-10, draw a line under the verb phrase, and identify the helping verb(s) and the main verb for each sentence.

  • Her truck ____________ going too slow for safety on the busy expressway.

  • ____________ you enjoy yourself in the Caribbean?

  • Kenneth ____________ waiting for his family outside the dorm building of his college.

  • Someone ____________ left the door to the garage unlocked, so my younger sister was afraid to go into the house alone.

  • If Alice ____________ tried harder, she ____________ pull better grades.

  • Since the argument did not have valid proof to back it up, the scientists did not consider it real.
    Helping verb(s) ____________
    Main verb ________________

  • Joanne went stumbling forward trying to retain her balance while hiking the rugged trail; she must have stumbled on a rock in the path.
    Helping verb(s) ____________
    Main verb ________________

  • There were serious repercussions for the seemingly harmless prank.
    Helping verb(s) ____________
    Main verb ________________

  • The prisoner must have had an escape route planned; nothing else explains the ease with which he escaped.
    Helping verb(s) ____________
    Main verb ________________

  • The church on the corner may provide some assistance to the family down the street that is experiencing hard times; that church is generally known for helping families in need.
    Helping verb(s) ____________
    Main verb ________________