A verb is a word that expresses action. Verb. every sentence has a main verb. in many sentences, a single word is all that is needed to express the action. An action verb expresses either physical or mental activity. Verb. PHYSICAL Please cook dinner, Jerry.
is all that is needed to express the
PHYSICAL Please cook dinner, Jerry.
MENTAL Francesca understands the
The dog barked all night.
Brandon throws the ball a long way.
TIP “What is the action?”
In some sentences, the verb consists of a main verb and one or more helping verbs.
EXAMPLES can speak
I hadcalled my grandmother already.
Hadis helping the main verb called.
I haveused a computer in math class.
Haveis helping the main verb used.
Remember, a verb cannot be a helping verb unless there is another verb for it to help.
EXAMPLE They had a good time at the nature center.
Hadis the only verb; there is no other verb for
it to help.
Together, the main verb and its helping verb or verbs is called a verb phrase.
EXAMPLES Many students can speak Spanish.
I will be learning all the state capitals tonight.
The dog should have been fed by now.
The magician is thinking of a number.
be am is are
was were been
has have had
do does did
can could shall should
will would may
might must being
Sung to the tune of