What is a verb? A verb is the action or movement in a sentence. It moves the sentence forward. Let's have a closer look on how to identify them, and get to know their various forms.
Every sentence must contain a verb. It either expresses what the subject does or links the subject to other descriptive words. You cannot have a complete sentence without having both a subject and a verb. If you are having trouble finding the verb try to isolate the subject. The verb will show action or help to modify the noun that it is referring to.
There are several basic types of verbs: Action, compound, helping, and linking.
They describe the action that the subject performs. These are the most basic form of verbs that you will encounter and they are usually the easiest to pick out and isolate in a sentence. Remember, find the subject and see what action it is doing.
In this sentence, "painted" is the action that the artists did, so "painted" is the verb and "Artists" is the subject.
Now you try it. Click on the verbs in each of the following sentences (Correct answers will turn green):1. "The sun rises in the sky"
A compound verb is formed when a subject does more than one action. A series of actions can be performed by the same subject. This creates a compound verb. As before, find your subject and then look for all of the actions.
“Contestants” is the subject and “raced” “climbed” and “fought” are the verbs. Raced, climbed and fought are the actions that the contestants did.
Now you try it. Click the compound verbs in each of the following sentences:1. "Mary cooked and baked all day."
A linking verb describes a state of being rather than an action. Instead of it being a visual motion or movement it is more of an abstract motivation or state of being. Common linking verbs include: is, are, was, were, be, seems, sounds, looks, and have.
"Student" is the subject and "is" describes the student’s state of being. "Is" shows the relationship between the student and the rest of the sentence.
Now you try it. Click the linking verbs in each of the following sentences:1. "Those computers are broken."
A helping verb combines with the main verb to indicate tense or structure. It adds a further and stronger connection between the subject and the verb. It helps to make the action clearer and stronger and also helps to denote time frame and spatial relationships.
“Songs” is the subject of this sentence. “Banned” is the simple verb. The helping verbs are “have been”. Helping verbs give time, spatial, and relationship terms to the subject and the verb.
Now you try it. Click the helping verbs in each of the following sentences:1. "I am studying English this semester."
A sentence must have a subject and a verb.
The subject tells “who” or “what” the sentence is about.
The verb gives action and movement to the sentence.
To help with finding the verbs first locate the subject of the sentence.
Cat is the subject. Sat is the verb.