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Every day, people use verbs to describe what they are doing and how they are feeling.
We need to include a verb in our sentences. Verbs help us understand the action and when something is happening.
Let’s discuss the meaning and importance of verbs in English with common examples and sentences from everyday language.
A verb is a word that represents an action, occurrence, or state of being. The basic form of a verb is known as its infinitive. Go, play, write, watch, and love are all examples of infinitives.
Here are some examples of verbs in each category:
Action Verbs: talk, give, walk, run, eat
Linking Verbs: be, seem, become, appear,
Helping Verbs: can, be, do, have
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Why Do We Need Verbs
Verbs give life to sentences (and paragraphs!) They are the only type of word necessary in a sentence.
Verbs in a sentence can change the tense of the sentence. For example, “I am eating” in the past tense is “I ate.” This change in verb tense is what tells us that this sentence is in the past tense.
Sometimes we use a helping verb before the main verb. This is a verb that helps another verb function in the sentence. Be, have, do are all helping verbs.
Examples of Verbs in Sentences
The examples of verbs show how they change tense depending on the sentence:
- I baked a huge birthday cake for my son.
- I changed our wifi password to a more complicated one.
- I found my keys under the mat.
- The cleaner scrubbed the floors of the kitchen.
- The parent collected her child from kindergarten.
- He played fetch with his dog at the park.
- I don’t tolerate bad behavior in my classroom.
- The shopping center will close at 8pm.
- They hike in the mountains on Saturdays.
- I erased the mistake in my notebook.
- Ireland is a developed nation.
- I eat breakfast every day before school.
- I am eating cereal for breakfast this morning.
- She drinks a delicious smoothie outside before the gym every day.
- They will arrive at the airport soon because they left two hours ago.
- I am going to the doctor’s office.
- He doesn’t know how to answer the question on the exam.
- They must visit their grandmother next weekend.
- She stays at home on Friday nights.
- I went to bed early last night.
- He is flying a kite in the park.
- My brother does not like to eat eggs for breakfast, but he often eats them at dinner time instead.
- The children were swimming in the pool yesterday because we told them they could.
- I am going to eat leftover roast beef for lunch today because it smells so good!
- Her mother didn’t buy the child the toy.
- I will be eating dinner soon.
- She is writing the shopping list.
- I built a sandcastle at the beach.
- He rode his bicycle to school.
- They listened to the radio in the car.
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