Usage of Helping Verbs in Speaking:
We know helping verbs in grammar as Modals or Auxiliary verbs. You don’t have to go deep into grammar to understand these verbs but at least you must be familiar with the basic Grammar Tenses. ‘Helping Verbs’ the term itself says that these verbs help the main verb while speaking. There are many helping verbs available and it can be difficult for you to implement those while speaking eg. Can, could, might, may, must, should, would, will and shall.
These verbs can have more than one meaning and usage while speaking. I am trying to make it simple for you to remember, understand and implement.
Basically, the helping verbs express Ability, Probability, Possibility, Obligation, Advice, Permission and Habits. And these conditions have their specific helping verbs. Helping verbs are never followed by ‘to’. Here’s how to use the right helping verb for the right condition:
I can speak many languages. (‘can’- helping verb, ‘speak’ - main verb)
You could ride Horse. You just need balance for that.
He can’t drive four-wheelers.
I must take rest. I am tired. (‘must’- helping verb, ‘take’ - main verb)
He could have missed the Bus if he was a second late.
We can’t be working the whole night.
Your brother may help you.
It might have some defect in it.
I will go there tomorrow.
We shall play football this afternoon.
You must go this way.
(‘have to’ is also used in case of Obligation but it is not a helping verb as it is followed by ‘to’.)
I must quit smoking.
You should stop smoking.
We should eat first then complete the work.
Could I leave the office now, Sir?
Can we visit this Park?
He would often drink whiskey?
You will always be shy.
Try out your own sentences and practice. If you have a problem making your own sentences let me know in the comment below, I will post all the basic grammar tenses and structures with exercise in my next post. Thank You!