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List of Verbs

This list of verbs will help you understand verbs a little better. For a more in-depth look at verbs, see the verb page.

Verbs are words that show action or state of being. There are three major categories of verbs.

1. Helping Verbs (Auxiliary Verbs)

2. Action Verbs

3. Linking Verbs 

Helping Verbs

These do just what their name implies. They help the main verb in the sentence by telling us more about its tense and the subtleties of its meaning. (The main verb will be either an action verb or a linking verb. You'll find more on those verbs below.)

The helping verb(s) and the main verb come together to form a verb phrase.

Greta will love these sausages.

Will is a helping verb. It is helping the main verb (love), which is an action verb. The verb phrase is will love.

Here is a list of 24 common helping verbs. Use the list of verbs and this lovely song to memorize them! (Listen to me sing the song in the video above!)

be am is are
was were been being
have has had could
should would may might
must shall can will
do did does having

Diagramming Helping Verbs

When you see how to diagram these, it's easy to see that they help other verbs.

Sentence Diagram of a Helping Verbs www.GrammarRevolution.com/list-of-verbs.html

Action Verbs

As their name implies, action verbs show action.

Keep in mind that action doesn't always mean movement.

Talia thought about bears.

In that example, the verb thought does not show movement, but it is still an action verb.

There are many, many action verbs. Here's a small list of verbs that show action.

clean cut drive eat
fly go live make
play read run shower
sleep smile stop sweep
swim think throw trip
walk wash work write

Diagramming Action Verbs

If you've checked out this site much, you know that I think sentence diagramming rules when it comes to teaching and learning grammar.

Sentence diagramming is a way to visually show how all of the words in the sentence are related to each other.

All verbs are diagrammed on a horizontal line after the subject.

A vertical line separates the subject from the verb, and the rest of the sentence depends on the type of verb you are diagramming. Let's look at the different kinds of action verbs!

    1. Transitive Active

    Certain action verbs called transitive active verbs transfer action to something called a direct object.

    Joe kicked the ball. Jim ate the cake.

    Kicked and ate are transitive active verbs. Ball and cake are direct objects.
    Sentence Diagram of a Transitive Active Verb www.GrammarRevolution.com/list-of-verbs.html

    2. Transitive Passive

    This type of action verb transfers its action to the subject. Isn't that crazy?

    My car was stolen. The house was demolished.

    Sentence Diagram of a Subject and Verb www.GrammarRevolution.com/list-of-verbs.html

    3. Intransitive Complete

    This type of action verb does not transfer action to anyone or anything. It is diagrammed in the same way that a transitive passive verb is diagrammed.

    I screamed. The dog barked.

    Sentence Diagram of a Subject and Verb www.GrammarRevolution.com/list-of-verbs.html

List of Verbs 
Linking Verbs

You can call these either linking verbs or intransitive linking verbs. They link the subject of a sentence with a noun or adjective.

Lana became a famous equestrian.

Became is a linking verb. It is linking the subject Lana with the noun equestrian.

If you count all of the forms of to be as one word, there are 13 linking verbs. Memorize these!

Forms of be be, am, is, are, was, were, been, being
Other Linking Verbs appear, become, feel, grow, look, seem, remain, smell, sound, stay, taste, turn

Sentence Diagram of a Linking Verb vs Action Verb www.GrammarRevolution.com/list-of-verbs.html

Diagramming Linking Verbs

When you diagram intransitive linking verbs, you can see that they link the subject of the sentence with a noun or an adjective.
Sentence Diagram of a Linking Verb www.GrammarRevolution.com/list-of-verbs.html

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