Chapter 5-1: Compound Verbs
Perfect and progressive tenses are compound tenses. You construct compound verbs out of an auxiliary verb and another verb form.
In particular, you may use an auxiliary verb (also known as a helping verb) with the verb in order to create many of the tenses available in English.
People generally think of the present continuous, past continuous, present perfect, and past perfect verb forms as compound tenses in English. Using two auxiliary verbs and a main verb, they can even be combined into continuous and perfect aspects: the present perfect continuous and the past perfect continuous.
In each of the following sentences, the compound verb appears highlighted:
The compound verb in this sentence is made up of the auxiliary "were" and the past participle "destroyed."
Here the compound verb is made up of the auxiliary verb "was" and the present participle "looking."
In this example the compound verb is made up of the auxiliary verb "will" and the verb "meet."
In this sentence, the first compound verb is made up of the two auxiliary verbs ("has" and "been") and a present participle ("barking"). The second compound verb is made up of the auxiliary verb "will" and the verb "call."