Sutton Main & Helping Verbs

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ELA4C1. B The student uses and identifies four basic parts of speech (adjective, noun, verb, adverb).


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    They are busy doing their homework.

    • A.

      Main verb

    • B.

      Helping verb

    Correct Answer
    B. Helping verb
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "helping verb" because "are" is a form of the verb "to be" and it is used to indicate the present progressive tense. In this sentence, "are" is helping to indicate that the subject (they) is currently engaged in the action of doing their homework.

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  • 2. 

    He has had a bad accident.

    • A.

      Main verb

    • B.

      Helping verb

    Correct Answer
    A. Main verb
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "main verb" because "has had" is a verb phrase that functions as the main verb in the sentence. The word "has" is the helping verb, while "had" is the main verb. Together, they indicate that the subject of the sentence, "He," experienced a bad accident in the past.

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  • 3. 

    He does not talk to the strangers.

    • A.

      Main verb

    • B.

      Helping verb

    Correct Answer
    A. Main verb
    Explanation
    The given sentence "He does not talk to the strangers" consists of the subject "He" and the main verb "talk." The main verb is the primary action word in the sentence that shows what the subject is doing. In this case, the main verb is "talk," which indicates the action of speaking. The sentence does not contain any helping verbs, which are auxiliary verbs used with the main verb to express tense, mood, or voice. Therefore, the correct answer is "main verb."

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  • 4. 

    Anyone can make mistakes.

    • A.

      Main verb

    • B.

      Helping verb

    Correct Answer
    B. Helping verb
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "helping verb" because "can" is a modal verb that is used to express ability or possibility. In this sentence, "can" is used to show that anyone has the ability to make mistakes. Therefore, "can" functions as a helping verb in this sentence.

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  • 5. 

    He had won the election.

    • A.

      Main verb

    • B.

      Helping verb

    Correct Answer
    B. Helping verb
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "helping verb" because "had" is a helping verb that is used to form the past perfect tense. In this sentence, "had" indicates that the action of winning the election occurred before another past event or time.

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  • 6. 

    The students were talking when the teacher was writing on the black board.

    • A.

      Main verb

    • B.

      Helping verb

    Correct Answer
    B. Helping verb
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "helping verb" because the sentence is describing an action that was happening in the past. The helping verb "was" is used to indicate the past continuous tense, showing that the teacher was in the process of writing on the blackboard while the students were talking.

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  • 7. 

    He was winning the election.

    • A.

      Main verb

    • B.

      Helping verb

    Correct Answer
    A. Main verb
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "main verb" because "winning" is the main action in the sentence. It indicates that the subject, "he," is currently in the process of winning the election.

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  • 8. 

    They did write that novel together.

    • A.

      Main verb

    • B.

      Helping verb

    Correct Answer
    A. Main verb
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "main verb" because the word "write" is the main action of the sentence. It is the verb that expresses the action of the subject "they" in writing the novel. The helping verb, if there is one, would be used to form a verb phrase with the main verb. However, in this sentence, there is no helping verb present. Therefore, "write" is the main verb.

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  • 9. 

    I have bought a new car.

    • A.

      Main verb

    • B.

      Helping verb

    Correct Answer
    B. Helping verb
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "helping verb" because the sentence "I have bought a new car" contains the helping verb "have" before the main verb "bought." The helping verb "have" is used to form the present perfect tense in this sentence.

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  • 10. 

    He would have slept later.

    • A.

      Main verb

    • B.

      Helping verb

    Correct Answer
    A. Main verb
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "main verb" because "slept" is the main action of the sentence. It is the verb that indicates the action of sleeping. The helping verb "would have" is used to form the past conditional tense, but it does not change the fact that "slept" is the main verb in this sentence.

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  • 11. 

    He could swim very well in his youth.

    • A.

      Main verb

    • B.

      Helping verb

    Correct Answer
    B. Helping verb
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "helping verb" because "could" is a modal verb that is used to express ability in the past. In this sentence, "could" is indicating the subject's ability to swim well in his youth.

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  • 12. 

    The boys had been playing for an hour.

    • A.

      Main verb

    • B.

      Helping verb

    Correct Answer
    A. Main verb
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "main verb" because "playing" is the main action that the boys were doing. It is the verb that indicates the action or state of the subject in the sentence. The helping verb, on the other hand, is used to form different tenses or to express possibility or necessity, but in this case, "had been" is not the main verb.

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  • 13. 

    They have been writing that novel for a long time.

    • A.

      Main verb

    • B.

      Helping verb

    Correct Answer
    B. Helping verb
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "helping verb" because the sentence "They have been writing that novel for a long time" uses the helping verb "have been" to indicate an ongoing action in the past. The helping verb "have" is used to form the present perfect tense, and "been" is used as the past participle of the main verb "write". Together, they create the present perfect progressive tense, which indicates that the action of writing the novel started in the past and is still ongoing.

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  • 14. 

    If you had worked hard, you would have passed.

    • A.

      Main verb

    • B.

      Helping verb

    Correct Answer
    A. Main verb
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "main verb" because the main verb in this sentence is "passed." The main verb is the action or state of being in a sentence, and in this case, it indicates the action of passing. The helping verb "would have" is used to express a hypothetical or unreal situation, but it does not function as the main verb in the sentence.

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