This list of verbs will help you understand verbs a little better.
For a more in-depth look at verbs, see the verb page.
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. 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!)
Greta will love these sausages.
is a helping verb. It is helping the main verb (love
), which is an action verb. The verb phrase is will love
When you see how to diagram these
, it's easy to see that they help other 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
doesn't 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.
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.
are transitive active verbs. Ball
are direct objects.
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.
3. Intransitive Complete
I screamed. The dog barked.
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.
List of Verbs
You can call these either linking verbs
or intransitive linking verbs
They link the subject of a sentence with a noun or adjective.
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
Lana became a famous equestrian.
is a linking verb. It is linking the subject Lana
with the noun equestrian
When you diagram intransitive linking verbs
, you can see that they link the subject of the sentence with a noun or an adjective.
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