Helping Verbs Worksheets, Definition, Examples

We’ve included several helping verbs worksheets you can use in class or at home. Helping verbs are verbs that help the main verb in a sentence to express the mood, tense, or voice of the action. They usually come before the main verb. Students typically begin learning about helping verbs in elementary school.

Here are a couple of examples:

  1. “She is playing basketball.” In this sentence, “is” is a helping verb that shows the continuous aspect of the action, while “playing” is the main verb.
  2. “They have finished the movie.” In this sentence, “have” is a helping verb, while “finished” is the main verb.

Common helping verbs include “be” (is, am, are, were, was), “have” (have, has, had), and “do” (does, do, did), as well as modal helping verbs such as can, could, will, would, shall, should, may, might, and must.

To print the worksheets below, just click on the link and print or download to your computer!

Helping Verbs Worksheets