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Varieties of Verbs

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amanda heins

on 23 October 2014

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Transcript of Varieties of Verbs

Varieties of Verbs
Helping Verbs
Don't mean anything on their own.

Extend the meaning of the verb they are helping.
Linking Verbs
Do not express an action.

Connect subject and verb to additional info about the subject.

Is, Are, Turned, Seemed, Feels
What is a Verb?
Verbs are doing words.

They express physical action, mental action, and how something is (state of being).
How can you tell them apart?
How do you tell when they are action verbs and when they are linking verbs?

If you can substitute am, is, or are and the sentence still sounds logical, you have a linking verb on your hands.
Jen tasted the stew.

The stew tasted good.
3 Main Helping Verbs
Be - to make continuous and passive

Have - to show completed action (perfect tense)

Do - for negatives, questions, emphasis
Complete list of Helping Verbs = 23 words
The eggs smell rotten and have been thrown away.
smell = linking
have been = helping
thrown = action
He acted nervous when she showed up unannounced and that was what had made her suspicious
acted = action
show = action
was = linking
had = helping
made = action
Have you practiced that new dance?
have = helping
practiced = action
Riding in a car will be safer with a seatbelt, so you are required to wear one.
Riding = action
will be = linking
are = helping
required = action
wear = action
She asked him what was wrong since he appeared to be upset about the announcement.
asked = action
was = linking
appeared = linking
to be = infinitive
The crowd stayed calm during the storm.
stayed = linking
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