Learn English by Learning Compound Verbs
You can make a compound verb out of a helping (auxiliary) verb and another verb. You can make many of the verb tenses available in English.
In the following sentences, the helping verb is in yellow print, and the verb is in bold print:
Mingli wanted to look up a word in English, but his dictionary was lost.
The compound verb in this sentence is made up of the helping verb, "was" and the past participle,"lost."
The dictionary Mingli was looking for is on the table.
The compound verb is made up of the helping verb "was" and the present participle, "looking."
They will study for the TOEFL in the library.
The compound verb is made up of the helping verb "will" and the verb "study."
Mingli has been studying for hours. I wonder if he will make a good grade.
In this sentence, the first compound verb has:
two helping (auxiliary) verbs ("has" and "been")
a present participle ("studying")
The second compound verb is made up of the auxiliary verb "will" and the verb "make."
Helping (Auxiliary) Verbs:
am are be been
being can could do
did does had has
have is may might
must shall should was
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