Introduction to verbs

English grammar is fun to learn as it helps us say and write correctly.

The basic blocks of grammar are the parts of speech and there are just eight of them!

Just think! We use thousands of words, and they can all be separated into just eight groups or parts of speech depending on their function!

Doing words are kept under the category of verbs.

Now, we know that the hero/ heroine of a sentence is the subject.

The verb tells us what this subject is doing. Every sentence needs a verb!

Let's look at some examples of sentences without verbs and then with verbs inserted.

This sentence doesn’t look complete.

But when we add the verb ‘is’ it looks complete and makes sense.

This sentence doesn’t look complete either.

But when we add the verb ‘hit’ it looks complete and makes sense.

Let’s see how to find the verb in a sentence.

Finding the verb in a sentence will need two steps: first, find the subject and second, ask what the subject is doing.

To find the subject, ask questions beginning with ‘Who’ and to find the verb, ask what the subject is doing.

Sometimes, a single verb is used for two or more subjects.

For example, “SpongeBob and Patrick ran.” Notice that the verb ‘ran’ applies to both the characters.

Let's Revise!

A VERB is a ‘doing’ word. Every sentence needs a VERB.

To find the verb in a sentence, we need to ask ‘what the subject is doing’.