What is a verb?
A verb is a word that says something about the subject in a sentence.
- The children played in the garden.
- They are good teachers.
- Noel became a social worker.
The Verb has two major kinds as follows:
- Main Verbs
- Anomalous / irregular verbs
1. Main Verbs
|Transitive Verb||Intransitive Verb||Both transitive and intransitive|
|The action passes over from the doer/subject to the object [ can be converted into passive voice.]||The action does not pass over from the doer/subject to the object. It expresses action, state, being.||Verbs that can be used as both transitive and intransitive.|
- The boy fell down while playing. - Intransitive
- The child ate an apple. - Transitive
- They played well. - Intransitive
- The boss instructed the servants. - transitive
- We went home yesterday. - intransitive
- We were reading in the morning. - intransitive
- She danced very gracefully. - intransitive
- Alfred bought a new car. - transitive
- Thomas drew a picture. - transitive
- The dog was barking continuously. - intransitive.
Identify the verbs and mention its kind
- we will play now.
- William sold his old house.
- Ruth danced very gracefully.
- The children went home happily.
- I wrote a novel last month.
- They are the kind little children in the class.
- We practiced regularly.
- They painted the house last month.
- He won the Oscar Award last year.
- They were waiting here for a long time.
- we will play now. (Intransitives)
- William sold his old house. (transitive)
- Ruth danced very gracefully. (intransitive)
- The children went home happily. (intransitive)
- I wrote a novel last month. ( transitive)
- They are the kind little children in the class (Intransitive)
- We practiced regularly. (Intransitive)
- They painted the house last month. (transitive)
- He won the Oscar Award last year. (Intransitive)
- They were waiting here for a long time. (Intransitive)
2. Anomalous / Irregular Verbs
|Auxiliary Verbs / helping Verbs
am, is, was, were, do, does, did, has, have, had.
These verbs help to form questions, negatives, tenses, passive forms.
can, could, may, might, will, would, must.
They are used for permission, possibility, necessity.
|ought to, used to, need, dare.|
modals and semi modals do not have 's' forms and 'ing' or 'ed' forms.