MODAL AUXILIARY VERBS

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VERBS are words that show ACTIONS, POSSESSION, STATES OF BEING, MOOD.

Actions: Jump, dance, sit, take, walk,   teach, sleep, etc.

Possession: Have, own, belong, possess,   has, had, etc.

States of being: am, is, are, was, were,   etc.

Mood: can, will, shall, must, may, etc.

There are two broad types of the verb; MAIN VERBS and AUXILIARY VERBS.

The MAIN VERBS are also called LEXICAL VERBS and they are commonly used to show actions or processes. e.g. Dance, sleep, kill, slap, laugh, look, speak, recover, etc.

There are 26 auxiliary verbs in English and they are also called HELPING VERBS because they usually help the main verbs. However, the auxiliary verbs also show states of being, possession and mood. e.g. am, is, has, have, can, would, may, etc.

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