Auxiliary Verb

An auxiliary verb combines with another verb to help form the tense, mood, voice, or condition of the verb it combines with.

The verbs to have, to be, to do, will, shall, would, should, can, may, might, and could are the common auxiliary verbs in English.

Auxiliary verbs are sometimes called helping verbs.

In the last sentence, are is the auxiliary verb in the passive verb phrase are called.

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