What is a verb?
A verb is a word that shows an action or a state of existence. Verbs are also used when making an action negative and when asking questions.
It’s possible to communicate in English without verbs, but you can’t say much:
On the other hand, it is possible to communicate in English using only verbs. These sentences (the subject is "you") express action:
The verb "be" is the most important verb to understand when you study English. It expresses existence:
Sometimes teachers will say that the verb "be" is an example of a linking verb. A linking verb connects a subject with an adjective or a noun:
Every sentence or clause has a main verb. The main verb is just one verb. It shows action or existence:
Some verbs, known as "helping verbs," change the meaning or the tense of the main verb:
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Try this exercise. Where are the verbs in these sentences and questions?
Example: She is a student. is
1. They are here. _______
2. Who wants some pizza? ________
3. Do you know the answer? ________ ________
4. It’s getting late. ________ _________
5. Can you play the piano? ________ ________
6. That looks like fun. _________
7. We didn’t see that movie yet. _______ ________
8. It’s going to be a long day. ______ _______ _____ _____
9. They have to go. ______ ______ ______
10. Wait. ________
Answers are below.
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Answers: 1. are; 2. wants; 3. Do….know; 4. is getting; 5. Can…play;
6. looks; 7. did see; 8. is going to be; 9. have to go; 10. Wait