Introduction to Verbs

The verb is one is of the most important part of the English grammar. It is one of the most basic things. But do you know what exactly is Verb? Let’s find out more about Introduction to Verbs.

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Introduction to Verbs

Verbs are the words in a sentence that indicate an action, a state of being, or possession. Here are some examples:


  • I walk to school.
  • She runs fast.
  • It rains in Paris.
  • They drink tea.

State of Being

  • I feel tired.
  • You look great!
  • We believe you.
  • You are tall.


  • This belongs to me.
  • He has good ideas.
  • She and Tim own a car.
  • They had two dogs.

In English, verbs have three general forms: the infinitive form, the base form, and the conjugated form. The infinitive form of a verb is always preceded by the word to. The base form is the same as the infinitive but without to. The base form of the verb is what you look for in the dictionary. The infinitive and base forms are neutral: There is no tense in the verb.

Infinitive form

  • is To eat
  • To drink
  • To sleep

Base form

  • Eat
  • Drink
  • Sleep

A conjugated form of a verb indicates when an action takes place (present, past, or future). Sometimes the verb indicates who or what is doing the action though usually English requires a subject in order to determine who or what is doing the action. Here are some examples of conjugated verbs:

  • She is tired. – third person singular of BE – simple present
  • They went home.- third person plural of GO – simple past
  • Tim will call you. -modal verb WILL and the verb CALL – future construction

Except for the verb BE and Modal Verbs, all English verbs have only two conjugations in the simple present and only one in the simple past. The verb BE has three conjugations in the simple present and two in the simple past. Modal Verbs are not conjugated.

   Learn Forms of Verbs here. 

Solved Examples For You

Q1. Fill in the blanks using correct forms of the verb given in the brackets:

Suddenly, the bushes ___27___ (rustle). Father wolf dropped to the ground, ___28___ (prepare) to leap at the predator. “___29___ (hold) on!” cried mother wolf, “It’s a mancub!” It ___30___ (be) a little baby who was just learning to walk. He ___31___ (look) into father wolf’s face and ___32___ (laugh). Father wolf ___33___ (close) his jaws on the child’s back and ___34___ (carry) him to mother wolf and ___35___ (lay) him down among her cubs.
Fill blank [32].
  1. Laughs
  2. Laughed
  3. Had laughed
  4. Had been laughed

Sol. The correct answer is the option ”a”. He looked into father wolf’s face and laughs.

Q2. In the above question, fill in the blank [31] with a suitable form of the verb in brackets:

  1. Looked
  2. Looks
  3. Was looking
  4. Had been looking

Sol. The correct answer is the option ”a”. He looked into father wolf’s face and laughs.

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