Types of main verb - Easy Learning Grammar
Verbs of actionMost verbs describe an action such as walking, running, or reading.
- John is running for the train.
- Sophie has just bought a new camera.
- She is putting on an exhibition of her photographs.
- Robbie has seen the film already.
- You can use your phone to access the internet.
- Action verbs can be expressed in all the tenses.
The verb seem has a limited number of adjectives that can be used as its complement.
Verbs of stateSome verbs are used to talk about states of being or states of mind.These include:
- verbs relating to the senses, e.g. feel, hear, see, smell, taste
- verbs relating to emotions, e.g. adore, fear, hate, like, love, want, wish
- verbs relating to mental activity, e.g. agree, believe, expect, forget, mean
- verbs relating to possession, e.g. belong, own, possess
- I feel unhappy.
- I hate arguments.
- These flowers smell gorgeous.
- Rob wishes he hadn’t agreed to the plan.
- We mean you no harm.
- That car belonged to us once.
- Verbs of state are not usually used in continuous tenses. When they are used in continuous tenses, they change their meaning.
- I’m just feeling to see if the bone is broken.
- We were tasting some interesting New Zealand wines.
- Naomi is expecting a baby.
|Mark is being silly||but not Mark is being tall.|
|Oscar is being nasty||but not Oscar is being intelligent.|
|Simon seems happy||but not Simon seems tall.|