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English Language for Exams Part 29 #EL #CE


Auxiliary verbs

Auxiliary verbs are sometimes called helping verbs because they are needed to form many of the tenses.

The most used auxiliary verbs are the verbs to be, to do and to have. For example: the auxiliary to do isneeded to ask questions in the present and past simpletenses. To be is needed for the present and pastcontinuous, and all the passive forms. The auxiliary to have is used in the present and past perfect tenses.

Here are some examples of the common auxiliary verbs in action:

Do you like German food?

Does your mother speak English?

Did you come to school yesterday?

Why are you talking?

You should be listening to me!

I was having a bath when you called!

A new road is being built behind the school.

Have you done your homework?

My father has never visited the USA.

How long have you been living in Germany?

By this time next year I will have been learning English for 35 years!