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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
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
Greta will love these sausages.
is a helping verb. It is helping the main verb (
), which is an action verb. The verb phrase is
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!)
having Diagramming Helping Verbs
see how to diagram these
, it's easy to see that they help other verbs.
As their name implies,
Keep in mind that
doesn't always mean
Talia thought about bears.
In that example, the verb
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.
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.
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!
Certain action verbs called 1. Transitive Active 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.
This type of action verb transfers its action to the subject. Isn't that crazy?
2. Transitive Passive
My car was stolen. The house was demolished.
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.
3. Intransitive Complete
I screamed. The dog barked.
List of Verbs Linking Verbs
You can call these either
intransitive linking verbs
. They link the subject of a sentence with a noun or adjective.
Lana became a famous equestrian.
is a linking verb. It is linking the subject
with the noun
If you count all of the forms of
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
Diagramming Linking Verbs
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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