What is an action verb?A verb is one of the mostimportant parts of the sentence.It tells the subjects actions,events, or state of being. It isalways found in the predicate ofa sentence. A verb that showsaction is called an action verb.
The words are action verbs:coughedswallowedawakeranride sang
Can you find the action verb in eachsentence?1. The girls danced in the recital.2. Our mailman drovea funny car last week.3. His teacher wrotethe answers on the board.4. Alice workedon her homework last night.Move On
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Present verbsAn action verb that describes anaction that is happening now iscalled a present tense verbpresent tense verb.The bird fliesfliesthrough the sky.FliesFlies is a present tense verbbecause it is happening rightnow.
Present tense verbsMany present tense verbsend with ss, but some endwith eses, or iesies.sleepsssplashesescriesies
Past VerbsVerbs which tell about actionswhich happened some time agoare past tense verbs.The dog wantedwanted abone.Wanted is a past tenseverb because the actionhas already happened.
Past tense verbsMany past tense verbs endwith ed,ed, but some end with d,d,or iedied.clappedplayedtried
Future VerbsVerbs which tell about actionswhich are going to happen arefuture tense verbs.We will awaken atsix a.m.Will awakenWill awaken is a future tenseverb because the action hasnot yet happened.
Future tense verbsFuture tense verbs usespecial words to talk aboutthings that will happen: will,going to, shall, aim to, etc.going to startshall emailwill enjoy
Helping VerbsA helping verb works with a main verb tohelp you understand what action istaking place.Elmer waswasusingusing thecomputer.
Helping VerbsOther things to keep in mind:•Not every sentence will have ahelping verb with the mainverb.•When you see an "ing" verbsuch as "running", be on thelookout for a helping verb also.
Helping Verbs•Sometimes there is anotherword which separates thehelping verb from the main verb.One common example is "not",as in: The boy couldnt find hissocks. The helping verb is couldand the main verb is find.
Helping Verbs•A sentence may contain up tothree helping verbs to the mainverb. An example would be: Thedog must have been chasing thecat. The helping verbs are: must,have, and been; the main verb ischasing.
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