helping verb

helping verb


Origin:
1815–25

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Main Entry:  helping verb
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an informal term for an auxiliary verb, which combines with a main verb to help it express tense, mood, and voice
Example:  Common helping verbs are be, do, have, can, may, will, shall.
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