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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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.
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
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