Fun Easy English Classroom April 14


Learn about
auxiliary verbs
Auxiliary Verbs

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn about auxiliary verbs an important part of English grammar.
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Grammar: Auxiliary Verbs

Definition of an auxiliary verb.
  • An auxiliary verb is:
  • a word that modifies the meaning of another verb in a sentence
  • also known as a helping verb
  • There are three auxiliary verbs in English which are irregular verbs and can be used as main verbs in a sentence
  • "be" is used with the present participle in progressive (continuous) verbs and with the past participle in the passive voice
  • "do", "don't", "does", and "doesn't" are used with negative statements and questions in the present simple tense while "did" and "didn't" are used in the past simple tense
  • "have" is used with the past participle to form the perfect aspect
  • Modal verbs are also auxiliary verbs but they cannot function as a main verb
Auxiliary Verb Examples
  • She is the school teacher.
  • The cars are in the garage.
  • The dog does this every day.
  • They do their homework before watching television.
  • He still has the papers.
  • They have many different shoes on display.
From YOUR Teacher: Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs are very difficult to learn. You simply need to study them as much as possible.
Additional Lessons
About These Lessons

The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice.
  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language with a written conversation and a conversation notes section.
Conversation Lesson 22 - Having Things Done
(Beginner - Conversation, Reading)

Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language.
Having Things Done

Steve: Excuse me. I wonder if you can help me.

Mike: Sure. What is it?

Steve: I want to have my hair cut, but I can’t find a barber shop.

Mike: I know where one is. Come on—I’ll show you.
Conversation Notes
  • I wonder if
  •  A polite introduction to a request for assistance. Some other examples: I wonder if you could show us how to get there. I wonder if you would mind moving over one, so my friend and I can sit together. I wonder if you can tell me where I can find a barber shop.
  • Sure
  • See Lesson 4.
  • What is it
  • Meaning is what is it you would like me to do? Note the stress on is.
  • have my hair cut
  • Meaning is have someone cut my hair. Other examples of the causative have: I had my shoes shined just before I came. We’re going to have our house painted next year. You should have that window repaired before the rainy season begins.
  • barber shop
  • A compound noun, with the principal stress on the first word.
  • I know where one is
  • Note the word order of the indirect question: the subject precedes the verb. Note that the pronoun one is weakly stressed, and the stronger stress is on is. See Lesson 20.
Source: U.S. State Department
Additional Conversation

This is a collection of 36 situational conversations which focus on spoken American English in a relatively natural way....these lessons are for intermediate students.

This is a collection of 30 situational conversations. Each conversation is accompanied by language notes....these lessons are for advanced students.

English conversation lessons. 52 lessons covering pronunciation, speaking, writing, and grammar topics....these lessons are for beginning students.

English conversation lessons. 30 lessons focusing mostly on communication and grammar topics....these lessons are for intermediate students.
Additional Information
Study Tips
(Beginner - Listening)

Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
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