VERBS - AN INTRODUCTION

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Introduction to Verbs

VERBS

Verbs are the words used to denote action or state of subject in a sentence. They are the most intrinsic words in a sentence. Technically, no sentence can be said to be complete unless it contains a verb.

Examples of Verbs : read, write, do, go, play, eat, sit, come, run, understand, cut, put, arise, aggravate, worsen, improve, rectify, tolerate, bring, take, is, am, are, has, have, had, will, shall, would, should, can, could, may, be, being, try, teach, learn, beautify, lose, want, fly, swim etc.

Knowing the function / role played by a word in a sentence is very crucial. Just look at the following sentences.

Column A

Column B

Column C

We read ten hours a day.

Read

Hamlet makes a good read.

Students try hard to score good marks.

Try

She made a good try to score a goal.

He cut the paper beautifully.

Cut

I saw a deep cut on his forehead.

Children play outdoors in the evening.

Play

They didn’t resort to fair play.

Sia always stands in the front row.

Stand

The referee sits on high (tall) stand.

 

In the above table, Column ‘B’ contains words that have been used in sentences differently in Columns ‘A’ and ‘C’. In the Column ‘A’, underlined words perform the function of verbs; whereas in Column ‘C’, same words perform the role of nouns.

This might make you scratch your head for a while. Don’t worry at all. Study the following topics related to verbs and have peace of mind.

  • Forms of Verbs
  • Classification / Types of Verbs
  • Finite and Non-finite Verbs
  • Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
  • Non-finite Verbs
  • Gerunds vs Present Participles
  • Gerunds vs to-infinitives
  • Helping Verbs
  • Modal Auxiliaries
  • Passive Forms of Verbs
  • Phrasal Verbs
  • Dependency of Verbs on Subject(s)
  • Using the Verbs – Important Points to be Observed 



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