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helping verb

noun
Origin of helping verb
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25
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Examples from the Web for helping verb
Historical Examples
  • The difference in time is expressed by a change in the infinitive instead of a change in the form of the helping verb.

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    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.

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

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  • With the helping verb ought, the difference in time is expressed in the infinitive.

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  • 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
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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