Verbs are words that allow us to talk about activities, processes, states of being, and states of mind.
Verbs - Easy Learning Grammar
- This basket holds quite a lot.
- John was reading Katherine’s essay.
- Fiona is preparing a talk for next week’s class.
- Helen feels much happier now.
- I forgot that it was your birthday.
- Paul owned several old motorbikes.
Verb phraseA verb phrase can be a single word or a group of associated words.
- he walks
- he is walking
- he had walked
- he can walk
- he has been walking
- he might have been walking
- When we want to talk about everything to do with a verb, we use the term verb phrase.
Main verbsThese are the verbs that we use to indicate actions and states. Most of the verbs in English are main verbs. They are also called lexical verbs. Main verbs are divided or classified in several ways:
- according to whether they refer to states
- I can really taste the herbs in this omelette.
- This scarf belongs to me.
- He hates losing.
- She always liked boats and sailing.
- I already feel that I have known you for ages.
- Three boys were kicking a ball around in the field.
- We were running across the football field.
- For six hours, Stuart drove across open desert.
- into regular and irregular verbs according to the spelling of their forms.
- regular: talk, talks, talking, talked.
- irregular: swim, swims, swimming, swam, swum.
- irregular: go, goes, going, went, gone.
- according to whether or not they are followed by an object. That is, whether they are transitive or intransitive. See Phrasal verbs.
- I can read.
- We both read the same newspaper.
- Don’t tell me.
- We both ran away.
- Sue found a bracelet.
- I saw my best friend on Friday.