Types of Verbs

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This presentation introduces the types of verbs. This includes helping and linking verbs.

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Types of Verbs

  1. 1. Types of Verbs A verb is a word that shows action or links a subject to another word in a sentence.
  2. 2. Types of Verbs • There are three types of verbs • Action • Linking • Helping
  3. 3. Action Verbs • Action verbs tell what the subject is doing. • Examples: • Ran • Hide • Walk • Swim • Told • Play
  4. 4. Linking Verbs • Linking verbs connect or link a subject to a noun or an adjective in the predicate. • Common Linking verbs: • Is • Were Subject Are Being Was Been Noun • Mark is a football player. Am
  5. 5. Linking Verbs • Verbs such as smell, look, taste, feel, remain, turn, appear, become, sound, seem, grow, and stay can also be linking verbs. • How do you know if it is linking or action? • One trick to identifying linking verbs is that any linking verb can be replaced by a “be” verb without changing the meaning of the sentence.
  6. 6. • “Be” verbs include: be, is, am, are, was, and were. • For example, in the sentence, “Your feet smell bad,” you know that “smell” is a linking verb because you could replace it with a “be” verb—“Your feet are bad.” • On the other hand, in the sentence, “I smell pizza,” “smell” can’t be a linking verb because “I am pizza” doesn’t make sense.
  7. 7. Helping Verbs • Helping verbs help the main verb express tense and voice. • Helping verbs need an action verb with them. Helping • Susie will go to the store. Action
  8. 8. Helping Verbs • There are three primary helping verbs: be (is, am, are, was, were, been), have (has, had), and do (does, did, done). • While these three verbs can act as main verbs in a sentence, they can also work as helping verbs to create verb phrases.
  9. 9. Helping Verbs • The other type of helping verbs are called modal helping verbs. • We use them to modify or specify the meaning or attitude of the main verb in some way. • These are the modal verbs: • Can, Could, Might, Will, Would, Shall, Should, Must, Ought to • Examples: • You should read this book. The book might change your life. • They must have been watching the movie without you.

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