What would happen if we didn't have verbs? Not much at all. Verbs are perhaps the most important part of speech in the English language. You can't do or be anything unless a verb lets you. Verbs are everywhere, and it's about time you got to know them with this list of verbs of many types.
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list of verbs, scroll down to the middle of the page for our “huge verbs list”. Key Points There are multiple verb tenses that your child will need to know. Help your child by practicing their verbs with them at random times every day. If your child is really struggling with their verbs, consider getting them a tutor.
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Action verbs tell about something a person, animal, force of nature, or thing can do or be. Can you cry, march, rinse, or turn? Can the wind blow or a cup fall? Yes, those are all actions. Use this list to think of other action verbs.
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Verbs also use special rules for telling when something happened – in the past, the present, or the future. Here is a list of examples for each verb tense using the verb break. Try putting other verbs in the place of break.
Present tense – I/you/we/they break, he/she/it breaks
Past Tense – I/you/he/she/it/we/they broke
Future Tense – I/you/he/she/it/we/they will break
Present Perfect Tense – I/you/he/she/it/we/they have broken
Past Perfect Tense – I/you/he/she/it/we/they had broken
Future Perfect Tense – I/you/he/she/it/we/they will have broken
Being Verbs tell about something in a state of being. A noun or pronoun does not always take action. Sometime, it just is. For that purpose, you use a being verb. Here are the being verbs in all the past, present, and future tenses.
Being Verbs List Present tense – I am, you are, he/she/it is, we are, they are Past Tense – I was, you were, he/she/it, was, we were, they were Future Tense – I will be, you will be, he/she/it will be, we will be, they will be Present Perfect Tense – I have been, you have been, he/she/it has been, we have been, they have been Past Perfect Tense -I had been, you had been, he/she/it had been, we had been, they had been Future Perfect Tense – I will have been, you will have been, he/she/it will have been, we will have been, they will have been
Helping verbs do not stand alone or express action. They are part of verb phrases that “help” the main verb. Helping verbs define the tense (past, present, future) or change the meaning of the main verb. Consider these examples:
Do you need a tissue?
We are helping the third-grade class. Hank might have been driving the wrong way. Helping Verbs List may being is does would will might been was did have can must am were should had shall be are do could has
Linking verbs do not show action. Instead, they connect nouns and pronouns to other information in the sentence. Here are some examples:
My sister is smart.
The picture appeared blurry. Your supper smells delicious.
The most common linking verbs are listed here:
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Irregular Verbs are verbs that don't follow the rules for changing tense. The best way to understand irregular verbs is to practice and memorize them.
Here are some common examples shown in the present/past/past participle.
Irregular Verbs List bite/bit/bitten choose/chose/chosen eat/ate/eaten fall/fell/fallen hurt/hurt/hurt go/went/gone lay/laid/laid ring/rang/rung send/sent/sent teach/taught/taught write/wrote/written
Examples of irregular verbs:
The dog wants to bite me.
The dog bit me. The dog has bitten me.
My arm hurts.
I hurt my arm yesterday. I have hurt my arm before.
Verbs do a lot of work in the English language. Some are busy action verbs; others are modest helping or linking verbs. No matter what kind they are, verbs keep the English language movin' and shakin'.
List of Verbs
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How to Help Your Child Learn Verbs
Some children come by verbs naturally and won't need a lot of extra help. Others struggle to grasp verbs. If your child is struggling to understand verbs and use them properly, we've got some advice to help you out.
In some cases, your child just needs to practice more. Quiz them on different verbs at random times of the day, and have them use the verbs they come up with in sentences. If they get one wrong, help them understand why. Remember to be patient and calm; if you snap at your child or get too frustrated with them, it will only make them feel worse. Struggling academically often leaves a child feeling anxious; by remaining calm and patient with them, you can help ease this anxiety.
If practice isn't making perfect, then the next step is to consider a tutor for your child. A tutor can help your child master a subject they're struggling with. Many tutors are teachers or otherwise experts in their field. A tutor can also help boost your child's confidence, so that they're able to beat whatever academic anxiety they may have.
If your child is still struggling after getting a tutor, you may need to consider if a learning disability could be the cause of their struggles. Consider speaking with your child's pediatrician about your concerns. Some learning disabilities are very apparent at an earlier age, while others take time to identify. Your child's pediatrician can help you identify if a learning disability is the cause for your child's struggles.
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