Verbs phrases are a combination of helping verbs and main verbs.
- The dog has been chasing cars all morning. (Helping verbs: has been. Main verb: chasing)
- Charlene may go to the movies. (Helping verb: may. Main verb: go)
Be Am Is Are Was Were Being Been
Have Has Had Do Does Did May Might
Must Can Could Shall Will Should Ought Would
Underline the helping verb once and the main verb twice.
- We could have saved more money.
- The tide was creeping in.
- Mike will ride in the back seat.
- The water has been running all morning.
- The player could not hear the coach.
- It might be a long wait.
- Selma would have stayed out of the rain.
- The morning is looking beautiful.
- Weddings can be expensive.
- Underwater divers are sifting through the remains of the old ship.
- Those strawberries may have been the sweetest ever!
- Tonight should be more fun than yesterday.
- Friday’s game may have been the best one of the year.
- The batter did trot around the bases.
- Ron is being sent to Denmark on business.