Verbs

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Kinds of Verbs:

Kinds of Verbs

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As you know, every sentence has two parts, the subject and the predicate. The key word in the predicate is the verb. The verb tells what the subject of the sentence is, has, does, or feels. Burt works at the park. He trims the trees. He loves his job. He paints the benches.

Action Verbs:

Action Verbs Most verbs are action verbs . Some action verbs refer to physical action that can be seen by other people. Others refer to mental action that cannot be seen. Physical Action: The gardener feeds the ducks. Mental Action: She likes the migrating birds best.

Being Verbs:

Being Verbs Other verbs express a state of being . These verbs do not refer to action of any sort. They simply tell what the subject is. Burt is the gardener’s assistant. He seems afraid of the swans. One swan looks angry. In fact, swans are rather large birds.

The most common being verbs are forms of be itself. :

The most common being verbs are forms of be itself. Am is Are Was Were Be Being been

Other being verbs::

Other being verbs: Appear Become Feel Grow Look Seem Remain Smell Sound Stay taste

Identify each verb in the sentences below. Does it express action or being?:

Identify each verb in the sentences below. Does it express action or being? We parked and locked our bicycles in the rack at the library. Many, many resources were available there. I considered several books about wild animals. All of the books looked interesting. Finally, I decided on one about tropical birds. The book described many birds from countries in Central and South America. I especially liked the photographs in the book. The pictures of the birds are very colorful. Some of the birds’ feathers are pink, orange, red, and green. I carried the book home in my backpack.

Linking Verbs:

Linking Verbs A verb that expresses a state of being often functions as a linking verb . A linking verb links , or connects, the subject with a noun or an adjective in the predicate that names or describes the subject. Ethan is a very nice. Heather is a tiny girl.

Some verbs can function as either linking verbs or action verbs. :

Some verbs can function as either linking verbs or action verbs. Linking Verbs Action Verbs The lily pond smells stagnant. The squirrel smells its food. The gardener felt tired. She felt the tree’s thick leaves.

Which sentence in each of the following pairs contains a linking verb. :

Which sentence in each of the following pairs contains a linking verb. 1. A monkey appears from behind a tree. It appears excited. 2. The young deer grew taller. The male deer grew antlers. 3. The koala baby looks cute. It looks for its mother. 4. The koala tastes a leaf. Does it taste good? 5. We smell the eucalyptus tree. It smells pleasant. 6. We feel the tree’s bark. It feels smooth.

List the verbs in the sentences below. Label each verb action or being.:

List the verbs in the sentences below. Label each verb action or being. 7. The giant anteater usually appears shy. 8. It enjoys dark, wet tropical forests. 9. Ants and termites appear in this animal’s diet. 10. The anteater is a peaceful animal.