Thursday, February 24

VERB..

A verb is often defined as a word which show or describe an action or a state. Recognizing the verb is the most important step in understanding the meaning of a sentence. 


Action Verb
State Verb
( run, walk, talk, jump)

Example :
 The dog bit the man, 
*  Nowadays, people prefer to
   communicate via e-mail.

Bit and communicate is the verb and the word which shows the action of the sentence. 

( be, do, have, believe, know )

Example :
 She is a smart girl
 There is a lot of confusion
    concerning the memo

 There is no action but a state of being expressed by the verb is.  The word be is different from other verbs in many ways but can still be thought of as a verb.


There is something very special about verbs in English. Most other words (adjectives, adverbs, prepositions etc) do not change in form (although nouns can have singular and plural forms). But almost all verbs change in form.  This is because of their relationship to time. Some examples of verbs in each tense are in the chart below: 
 
Present
Past
Future
look
looked
will look
move
moved
will move
talk
talked
will talk

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