Verbs – what are they and how do we use them?. Visible Action verbs – are visible - the action can be seen - ‘doing’ words ex – sleep, pick, grab, swim, run, clap, skate, etc . 2. Invisible Action verbs – not visible – less obvious – mental verbs
‘the movers & shakers of written & spoken language’
Identify the action verb in the following sentences
Connecting a noun with and adjective
Also, they can link a noun with another noun
Determine whether the italicized verbs in the following sentences are action or linking verbs
Common Helping Verbs
Am is are was were be do Does did have had has may Might must shall will can
should would could ought
A main verb can have as many as three helping verbs in front of it
Nate served the ball to his opponent
Nate will serve the ball to his opponent.
Nate should have served the ball to his opponent.
When a verb has one or more helping verbs, this is called a verb phrase. Note: a helping verb does not have to be right next to the main verb in the sentence because an adverb(not, only, & ly words) may separate the helping verbs.
Eddie will surely choose the largest slice of pie.
Caroline could not have eaten all those cookies.
Identify the verb phrases, then identify the helping verbs and the main verbs.