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Verbs - Definition, Overview, and Lists of Examples

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Below you’ll find links to our discussion on the most important word in the English language—verbs. We recommend that you start with the first topic, Verbs - Words that Do or Are. At the bottom of each page, you’ll find links to “Next” and to “Previous.” So start with the first topic and then click “Next” to read our entire discussion on verbs.

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Cast of Characters

In these discussions, you'll meet various characters: Miss Hamrick is my eighth-grade English teacher (bless her soul); Amber and Igor are cave-dwelling, primitive ancestors, who, along with Miss Hamrick, invented the English language 6,412 years ago. You'll also meet Damron, the guy in the back of the class with a cafeteria straw and spitwads.

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Table of Contents

Verbs - Words that Do or Are
Main Verbs - Four Kinds
Action Verbs
Transitive Verbs
Intransitive Verbs
Transitive and Intransitive
No-Action Verbs
Verb "To Be"
Linking Verbs
Auxiliary Verbs - Called “Helping Verbs”
Five Kinds of Verbs - An Overview
Four Principal Parts or Forms of Verbs
Infinitive - The “to” Verb
Finite Verb - Tense, Person, Number, Mood
Present Participle - The -ing Verb
Past Participle - The -ed Verb
Past Tense vs. Past Participle
Irregular Verbs - A List
Developing Your Love Affair
Verb Conjugation
Present Tense of Verbs
Past Tense - How to Form
Future Tense - How to Form
Perfect Tenses - How to Form
Conditional Structures of Verbs
Six Major Tenses of Verbs
Conjugating Regular Verbs
Conjugating Irregular Verbs
Conjugating the Verb "To Be"
Conjugating in the Progressive Aspect
Contractions - Use in Formal Writing
A Summary of Verbs
Verbs - What They Do
Verb Function 1 - Conjugated Verb
Verb Function 2 - Infinitive Phrase - "To" Phrase
Infinitives Showing Tense and Voice
Split Infinitives
Verb Function 3 - Present-Participial Phrase, -ing Phrase
Fused Participle - Noun or Pronoun and ‑ing Phrase
Fused Participle - Solutions
Verb Function 4 - Past-Participial Phrase, -ed Phrase
Verb Function 5 - Participial Adjectives
A Final Summary of Verbs

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