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helping verb

noun
Origin of helping verb
1815-1825
1815-25
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Historical Examples
  • Do has been called a helping verb; but it needs little observation to discover that it is no more so than a hundred other words.

    Lectures on Language William S. Balch
  • With the helping verb ought, the difference in time is expressed in the infinitive.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • With may and might and can and could, present and past time are expressed by a change in the form of the helping verb.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • The difference in time is expressed by a change in the infinitive instead of a change in the form of the helping verb.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • In interrogative sentences, the subject comes after the helping verb or after the interrogative used to introduce the sentence.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
Contemporary definitions for helping verb
noun

an informal term for an auxiliary verb, which combines with a main verb to help it express tense, mood, and voice

Examples

Common helping verbs are be, do, have, can, may, will, shall.

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Word Value for helping

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