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    How many helping verbs?

    Hi teachers,

    How many helping verbs are there in English? Some say "15", some say "23", "24" or "27". Can you please tell me? I have searched a lot on the Internet but unfortunately couldn't reach a conclusion.

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    Re: How many helping verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem Afzal View Post
    Hi teachers,

    How many helping verbs are there in English? Some say "15", some say "23", "24" or "27". Can you please tell me? I have searched a lot on the Internet but unfortunately couldn't reach a conclusion.

    Many thanks.
    There are 15 auxilliary (heping verbs) including modals.

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    Re: How many helping verbs?

    I'd go for:

    three primary auxiliary verbs: DO, BE, HAVE;
    nine core modals: can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will, wouldthree near modals: dare, need, ought.

    That's 15, which are possibly the same 15 that bhai had in mind.

    I'd add​: have to, am/are/is/was/were to, BE going to and used to

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    Re: How many helping verbs?

    You can certainly get more if you list all the conjugations, as such sites as this do:
    http://taft.cr.k12.ia.us/departments...files/23HV.htm

    If you add "dare, need ought", as well as the 4 basic forms in 5jj's last line, you'll get 30.
    If you allow conjugations of the above additions ... well you can work it out.

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