Asked in Parts of Speech, Verbs
Is a linking verb and an helping verb the same thing?
Some words can function as either a helping verb or a linking verb, but a linking verb and a helping verb are not the same thing. A linking verb stands alone as the main verb and links the subject to the predicate nominative or predicate adjective. A helping verb is not the main verb and helps the main verb. (A helping verb is also known as an auxillairy verb.) ...
Asked in Verbs
Is the phrase would have looked a helping verb?
A phrase has 2/3 verbs so it cannot be a helping verb. A verb phrase can contain a helping verb. would = a modal auxiliary verb. have = auxiliary verb looked = main verb, past of look In this verb phrase have is the helping verb ...