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.
Quick Refresher: Verbs are words that show action or state of being.
There are three major categories of verbs: action verbs, linking verbs, and helping verbs (also called auxiliary verbs). Let's check them out!
As their name implies, action verbs
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
This video shows you the difference between linking verbs and action verbs. To learn more, see these grammar and diagramming lessons
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.
These do just what their name implies. They help
the main verb in the sentence. The main verb will be either an action verb or a linking verb.
The helping verb(s) and the main verb come together to form a verb phrase
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
There are only 24 helping verbs
. Use the following list of verbs and this lovely song to memorize them!
Diagramming Helping Verbs
When you see how to diagram these
, it's easy to see that they help other verbs.
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