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Understand Auxiliary Verbs

In this worksheet, students practise identifying auxiliary verbs in sentences.

'Understand Auxiliary Verbs' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  English

Curriculum subtopic:  Grammar: Nouns, Verbs & Tenses

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Auxiliary verbs are verbs that are used together with other verbs in a sentence.

For example:

a bunch of purple flowers

I have given my granny some flowers for her birthday.

 

In this sentence 'have' is the auxiliary verb and 'given' is the main verb.

 

Forms of the auxiliary verbs 'be' (be/am/are/is/was/were/been/being) and 'have' (have/has/had/having) are used to show the tense of a sentence.

The children have been watching a film.

They were sitting on the sofa.

Now they have gone to bed.

 

Forms of the auxiliary verb 'do' (do/does/did) are used to change statements into questions and positive sentences into negative ones.

Do you like doughnuts?

Did he phone you yesterday?

Katie doesn't like sprouts.

Identify the auxiliary verb in this sentence and write it in the box.

 

I have finished my homework.

Identify the auxiliary verb in this sentence and write it in the box.

 

Jessie is flying out to Malta tomorrow.

Identify the auxiliary verbs in this sentence and write them in the box. There are two this time!

 

I have been working on my times tables for weeks now.

Identify the auxiliary verb in this sentence and write it in the box.

 

They were looking for their lost puppy.

Identify the auxiliary verbs in this sentence and write them in the box.

 

Jodie has been learning French for two years now.

Identify the auxiliary verb in this sentence and write it in the box.

 

Do you like pasta?

Identify the auxiliary verbs in this sentence and write them in the box.

 

The dog has been chewing my shoe!

Identify the auxiliary verb in this sentence and write it in the box.

 

The girls are swinging on the branches.

Identify the auxiliary verb in this sentence and write it in the box.

 

"I do not like cabbage," screamed Alex.

Identify the auxiliary verb in this sentence and write it in the box.

 

Sanjay is wearing his new trainers.

  • Question 1

Identify the auxiliary verb in this sentence and write it in the box.

 

I have finished my homework.

CORRECT ANSWER
have
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! Auxiliary verbs are used to show the tense or mood of the verb within a sentence. The verb in this sentence is \'finished\'. The auxiliary verb \'have\' shows the tense of the sentence and explains to the reader that the homework has already been completed.
  • Question 2

Identify the auxiliary verb in this sentence and write it in the box.

 

Jessie is flying out to Malta tomorrow.

CORRECT ANSWER
is
EDDIE SAYS
Good job! The trick is to look for the verb in the sentence. \'Flying\' is the verb. What word shows at what stage the action is at? \'Is\' shows that it is happening in the present tense. keep up the great effort!
  • Question 3

Identify the auxiliary verbs in this sentence and write them in the box. There are two this time!

 

I have been working on my times tables for weeks now.

CORRECT ANSWER
have been
EDDIE SAYS
This was a tricky one as you are looking for two! \'Have been\' are the auxiliary verbs. They show that the sentence is in the past tense. The action has already happened.
  • Question 4

Identify the auxiliary verb in this sentence and write it in the box.

 

They were looking for their lost puppy.

CORRECT ANSWER
were
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this now? Look for the verb (action word), at what stage is the action? Remember auxiliary verbs help to show the tense of the sentence. \'Were\' is the correct answer as it demonstrates to the reader that the action of \'looking\' has already happened.
  • Question 5

Identify the auxiliary verbs in this sentence and write them in the box.

 

Jodie has been learning French for two years now.

CORRECT ANSWER
has been
EDDIE SAYS
A tricky one again! Did you get it? \'Have been\' are auxiliary verbs. They show that the sentence is written in the past tense. You got this!
  • Question 6

Identify the auxiliary verb in this sentence and write it in the box.

 

Do you like pasta?

CORRECT ANSWER
Do
EDDIE SAYS
Keep it up! Remember auxiliary verbs can also turn statements into questions. The statement \'You like pasta\' can be changed into a question by using \'Do\'.
  • Question 7

Identify the auxiliary verbs in this sentence and write them in the box.

 

The dog has been chewing my shoe!

CORRECT ANSWER
has been
EDDIE SAYS
Good job! Did you get it? \'Has been\' are auxiliary verbs as they show that the sentence is written in the past tense. The event has already happened.
  • Question 8

Identify the auxiliary verb in this sentence and write it in the box.

 

The girls are swinging on the branches.

CORRECT ANSWER
are
EDDIE SAYS
Super work! Which word shows the tense of the sentence? When is the sentence happening? \'Is\' shows that it is taking place now in the present.
  • Question 9

Identify the auxiliary verb in this sentence and write it in the box.

 

"I do not like cabbage," screamed Alex.

CORRECT ANSWER
do
EDDIE SAYS
Nearly there! Well done! Auxiliary verbs can help to turn positive statements into negative ones. The word \'do\' helps to show the reader that \'Alex\' doesn\'t like \'cabbage\'. It some cases it may be used as \'do not\' or \'doesn\'t\',
  • Question 10

Identify the auxiliary verb in this sentence and write it in the box.

 

Sanjay is wearing his new trainers.

CORRECT ANSWER
is
EDDIE SAYS
Super work! \'Is\' helps the reader to understand that the sentence is written in the present tense. Good job!
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