Helping verbs (auxiliary verbs) do just what their name implies. They help the main verb in the sentence by telling more about the verb's tense, mood, and voice.
Verb phrases consist of one main verb and one or more helping/auxiliary verbs.
(Every sentence needs to have at least one main verb, but not every sentence needs a helping/auxiliary verb.)Sometimes, these verbs are separated by other words.
This seems obvious, right? They are made up of verbs, so what else would they be acting as?
The point here is that they are made up of multiple words and all of the words come together to act as one part of speech, a verb.
Might be exploding is telling us what the cheesecake is doing (an action).
Did call is asking what you did (an action).
Has become is telling us Owen's state of being (a state of being verb).
No. These guys are different from phrasal verbs, so if you're looking for information on phrasal verbs, you're in the wrong spot! Click here to learn about phrasal verbs.
Sentence diagrams show us how parts of sentences are related. They make the relationships between words, phrases, and clauses visual. They are awesome. :)
Verb phrases are diagrammed on horizontal lines right after the subject.
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