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He is here. She was absent. He has returned.

Apparently, these are tense-base verbs, but there's surely a more academic term for them. I am not a grammar, so I seek the aid of StackExchange.

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These are examples of auxiliary verbs.

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Generally you can say these forms are conjugated verbforms. Verbforms of the third person singular (he/she/it) of present or past tense. http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar-lesson-simple-present-be.php

  • "Be" is also an auxiliary verb, even when it's the only verb in the sentence. – BillJ Dec 17 '15 at 14:41
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"Has," "had," "have," and etc. are helping verbs when used in the context of the perfect tense.

"Am," "is," and etc. are "being verbs," or "state-of-being verbs."

I wish there was a fancier term for them as well.

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