English Grammar : Auxiliary Verb 'Kept'

Use of Auxiliary Verb 'Kept' in English Grammar

Uses of Auxiliary Verb "KEPT"

'Kept' is modal verb used to express some  action which is incomplete or ongoing from the past or to convey an action which is unceasing.

'Kept' is used sometime to delay someone, or to make someone wait.

'KEPT' is Past tense and past participle of 'keep'.

Uses of - 'KEPT'
  • • She kept crying.
  • • She kept her back to him.
  • • The clock kept on ticking.
  • • I kept on sleeping whole day.
  • • I'm sorry I kept you waiting.
  • • She kept me waiting for hours.
  • • They should have kept looking.
  • • She kept her distance from him.
  • • I kept hoping that he'd phone me.
  • • She kept her promise to visit them.
  • • Rohan kept his promise to stop smoking.
  • • I kept hoping things would just go well.
  • • Doctor kept her overnight for observation.
  • • She kept me talking for forty-five minutes.
  • • I kept having the same dream over and over.
  • • She kept repeating the words over and over.
  • • My son kept reminding me to send him for picnic.
  • • She kept telling herself that nothing was wrong.
  • • She kept telling me how sorry she is for everything.
  • • We were kept out of the club because we were too young.
  • • The noise from their party kept me awake half the night.
Types of Auxiliary Verbs
(1) Auxiliary–cum–verbs.

"Auxiliary-cum-verbs" are :

These 11 auxiliaries are also used as verbs, therefore, they are called Auxiliary–cum–verbs. These are used to form Tenses. ( Please refer Tense Table).

(2) Pure Auxiliary verbs..

These 20 auxiliaries only support normal verbs, therefore, they are called Pure Auxiliary Verbs. They are also called Models or Model Auxiliary Verbs.

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