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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.
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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