Verb Forms - Introduction

A verb is word that expresses action or state of being.
Look at the following sentences. The underlined words are verb

  1. John writes a letter.
  2. She went to see her grand mother last week.
  3. They will visit the Museum next week.
  4. Kavitha is singing a song.
  5. Take a right turn.

Verbs fall into three categories:

  • Main

  • Auxiliary

  • Linking

Main verbs can be transitive or intransitive.

Transitive action verbs "transfer" their action to a direct object.
He sang a song.
Rohit hit a century.
The actress wiped the tears from her eyes.

Note: Action passes from the subject to the object in case of transitive verbs.


Intransitive action verbs have nothing to "transfer" their action to.
He sang very well.
They started very early to reach the railway station.
The birds are flying in the sky.

Note: In the above sentence the action does not pass from subject to the object. Object is not available in the sentence in case of intransitive verbs.

Summary

A verb is word that expresses action or state of being.
Look at the following sentences. The underlined words are verb

  1. John writes a letter.
  2. She went to see her grand mother last week.
  3. They will visit the Museum next week.
  4. Kavitha is singing a song.
  5. Take a right turn.

Verbs fall into three categories:

  • Main

  • Auxiliary

  • Linking

Main verbs can be transitive or intransitive.

Transitive action verbs "transfer" their action to a direct object.
He sang a song.
Rohit hit a century.
The actress wiped the tears from her eyes.

Note: Action passes from the subject to the object in case of transitive verbs.


Intransitive action verbs have nothing to "transfer" their action to.
He sang very well.
They started very early to reach the railway station.
The birds are flying in the sky.

Note: In the above sentence the action does not pass from subject to the object. Object is not available in the sentence in case of intransitive verbs.

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