How to use all the helping verbs correctly with 10 basic subjects in English

How to use helping verbs correctly with basic 10 types of subjects in English.

Introduction

It is very tricky to remember all the helping verbs in present, past and future tenses and their correct use with 10 basic subjects in active and passive voice.  They are as follows:

  1. I
  2. We
  3. You(singular)
  4. You(plural)
  5. They
  6. Plural nouns (All plural nouns in the world like men, women, children, students etc.
  7. He
  8. She
  9. It
  10. Singular nouns (All singular nouns in the world of English language like man, woman, child, student, John, Rita etc.

Here is the list of all the helping (Auxiliary) verbs in English language

1)To be-

Am/is/are

Was/were

Will be/shall be

2)To have-

Have/has

Had

Will have/shall have

3)To do-

Do/does

Did

4)Modal auxiliaries (modal verbs)

Can

Could

May

Might

Must

Should

Would

Ought to

Need

Dare

There are different pairs of singular and plural helping verbs such as do/does, am/is/are, was/were, have/has, will/shall.

The new and non-native English speakers often get confused in their use. So here is the simplest method to remember all of them correctly.

1)Use of do/does with 10 basic subjects

Here we will learn about the use of do/does with 10 basic subjects. They are as follows:

  1. I-do
  2. We-do
  3. You(singular)-do
  4. You(plural)-do
  5. They-do
  6. Plural nouns (All plural nouns men, women, students-do
  7. He-does
  8. She-does
  9. It-does
  10. Singular nouns (All singular nouns man, woman, child, student, John, Rita-does

You can collectively remember them as

I-do, We-do

You(s)-do, You(p.)-do

They -do, students(p.n.)-do

He/she/it-does, John(s.n.)-does

2)Use of am/is/are-

  1. I-am
  2. We-are
  3. You(singular)-are
  4. You(plural)-are
  5. They-are
  6. Plural nouns (All plural nouns men, women, students-are
  7. He-is
  8. She-is
  9. It-is
  10. Singular noun (All singular nouns man, woman, child, student, John, Rita-is

You can collectively remember them as

I-am, we-are

You(S.)-are, you(P.)-are

They-are, students(p.n.)-are

He/she/it-is, John(s.n.)-is

3)Use of have/has-

  1. I-have
  2. We-have
  3. You(singular)-have
  4. You(plural)-have
  5. They-have
  6. Plural nouns(All plural nouns men, women, students-have
  7. He-has
  8. She-has
  9. It-has
  10. Singular noun (All singular nouns man, woman, child, student, John, Rita-has

You can collectively remember them as

I-have, we-have

You(S.)-have, you(P.)-have

They-have, students(p.n.)-have

He/she/it-has, John(s.n.)-has

4)Use of was/were-

  1. I-was
  2. We-were
  3. You(singular)-were
  4. You(plural)-were
  5. They-were
  6. Plural nouns(All plural nouns men, women, students-were
  7. He-was
  8. She-was
  9. It-was
  10. Singular noun (All singular nouns man, woman, child, student, John, Rita-was

You can collectively remember them as

I-was, we-were

You(s.)-were, you(p.)-were

They-were, students(p.n.)-were

He/she/it-was, John(s.n.)-was

5)Use of will/shall-

Generally, we use will with all the subjects in the normal sentences.

  1. I-will
  2. We-will
  3. You(singular)-will
  4. You(plural)-will
  5. They-will
  6. Plural nouns (All plural nouns – men, women, students-will
  7. He-will
  8. She-will
  9. It-will
  10. Singular noun (All singular nouns man, woman, child, student, John, Rita-will

But we use shall as I-SHALL and WE-SHALL when there is less certainty-

e.g. a) I will become a doctor (100% sure)

b) I shall become a doctor (50-50%)

Also, we use shall with I and WE when we want to suggest something or ask somebody for an opinion or offer to do something.

e.g. a) Shall we hire a taxi? (suggestion)

b) Shall I buy this dress? (ask somebody for an opinion)

c)Shall I do this for you? (offer)

6)Use of modals with 10 basic subjects

Modals are such a kind of verbs which are not affected by singular/plural or gender of the subject. So we can use any modal with all the subjects including singular and plural subjects.

Conclusion for use of helping verbs with singular and plural subjects

Here we come to the concluding of this short but handy topic of the correct use of helping verbs with the basic subjects.

I am sure it will be useful for all. Do give your suggestions through your comments.

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