Do you remember back in primary school when the teacher said verbs were ‘doing’ words? Doing words? What’s a doing word? A verb is a doing word. Let’s take a closer look at these overactive words.
A verb is a part of speech (one word or a group of words) that shows some sort of action being done with or to the subject of a sentence. Essentially there are three main types of verbs, and we will look at those below.
The main types of verbs are-
Transitive verbs show that the action passes from the main subject to another subject.
Example: The dog chased the tennis ball.
Intransitive verbs show that the action stops, or is retained, by the subject. Sometimes a complement word is needed for completeness.
Example: Julie wept.
Auxiliary verbs are additional words that are added to an existing verb to form a verb group.
Example: Ben will clean his room.
There are many other variations and uses of verbs, including: compound verbs, copulative verbs, process verbs, finite and non-finite verbs, split infinitives, active and passive verbs, mood verbs, parts of a verb, verb tenses, and agreement of subject and verb. We’ll discuss these in another article.
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