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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.

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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.

MENTAL Francesca understands the

science experiment.


Verb

EXAMPLES

The dog barked all night.

Brandon throws the ball a long way.

TIP “What is the action?”


Verb

In some sentences, the verb consists of a main verb and one or more helping verbs.

  • a helping verb helps the main verb to

    express action

EXAMPLES can speak

will learn

shouldhavebeen fed


Verb

I hadcalled my grandmother already.

Hadis helping the main verb called.

I haveused a computer in math class.

Haveis helping the main verb used.


Verb

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.

Verb

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.


Commonly used helping verbs
Commonly Used Helping Verbs

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

“London Bridge”


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