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ENGL 0050 Chapter 16 Findings Subjects and Verbs
Transcript of ENGL 0050 Chapter 16 Findings Subjects and Verbs
She had been growing that plant since 7th grade.
Practice—just the verbs!
Mike was planning to go with.
Practice—just the verbs!
All the passive verbs in the English language are as follows:
Am, are, is, was, were
Be, being, been
Can, could, do, does, did
Have, has, had
May, might, must
Shall, should, will, would
4. The action verb NEVER includes an adverb
EX: She quickly looked away.
EX: He never studies.
Remember, an adverb describes the main verb
Adverbs answers “how” or “to what extent” in reference to the verb
Usually end in “ly”
EX: quietly, softly, aptly
Adverbs includes not, never, very, too, etc.
Parts of Speech Refresher
Identifying core parts of a sentence
Begin the process of understanding your writing from the ground up
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Always start dissecting sentences with verbs
They’re always the action taking place
They’re the only words that change tense
The core verb never comes after “to” (infinitive)
Nor are adverbs included
Passive verbs, however, will always be identified with action verbs (this is called a complete verb)
EX: Paul is going to the mall
Identifying Verbs Summary
Start by finding the action verb(s)
EX: Dad walks.
1. Action verbs are, obviously, the action taking place
To write effective sentences, we need to know how the pieces go together
core = subject + verb
The subject will always be a noun (person, place, thing, idea)
The verb is what that noun is doing
EX: Subject + Verb = Sentence
EX: Who + Did What
EX: Babies cry.
All the other types of words are add-ons to clarify
Part 1: Finding Verbs
2. Action verbs are the only words that change tense
3. The action verbs are NEVER infinitives
Infinitives are phrases that
begin with “to” followed by a verb
(that might seem like an action, but don’t let it fool you!)
EX: I plan to study.
EX: I want to walk there.
EX: I hope to win the lottery.
Molly failed the quiz.
She swept the entire kitchen.
Danny fell and broke his arm.
Bob is going to the Pogues concert.
I left a note for Sue, but she forgot to start the oven.
The soda can exploded in the freezer, and now I have to clean it.
She might have won the grand prize.
5. Passive verbs are sometimes paired up with action
Passive verbs exist help action verbs
EX: I am going to the beach.
Passive verbs also exist to establish tense or intensity
EX: The captain has delayed the plane
EX: The captain is delaying the plane
EX: The captain will delay the plane
Passive verbs can sometimes stand alone
EX: I am Sally.
If a passive verb is the ONLY verb in a sentence, it is functioning as the main action
ex. walked, walks, will walk
Review Reading Strats