8th Grade English: Ms. Rauschenberg
Mechanics, Usage, & Grammar: Verbs
Verbs show action or state of being. The
verb is the most important part of any sentence. Every sentence must
have at least one verb. A sentence may have multiple verbs.
There are several kinds of verbs.
- Action verbs show some kind
- Transitive verbs are action
verbs which have a direct object
- Intransitive verbs are action
verbs with no direct object
- Linking verbs show state of
being. What comes after the verb describes or renames the subject of
- They are often related to the five senses.
- Some common linking verbs include is, am, are, was, were, seem, become, smell (not
the action), feel (not the
action), look (not the action),
sound, taste (not the action)
- Helping verbs come before other
verbs and alter the meaning of the main verb in some way
- to be a helping verb these must come directly before another verb
- the forms of to be with
an "ing" verb make "progressive" tenses: is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been
- the forms of to have with
a past participle make "perfect" tenses: have, has, had
- other common helping verbs include: do, does, did, may, might, must, can, could, will,
would, shall, should
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