Types of Verbs
A verb is a word that shows action or links a subject to
another word in a sentence.
Types of Verbs
• There are three types of verbs
• Action verbs tell what the subject is doing.
• Linking verbs connect or link a subject to a
noun or an adjective in the predicate.
• Common Linking verbs:
• Mark is a football player.
• 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
• “Be” verbs include: be, is, am, are, was, and
• 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.
• Helping verbs help the main verb express
tense and voice.
• Helping verbs need an action verb with them.
• Susie will go to the store.
• 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.
• The other type of helping verbs are called modal
• 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,
• You should read this book. The book might change your
• They must have been watching the movie without you.