Verb
 
 
 
 
Verb

In this lesson you will learn the definition of a verb, learn the types of verbs, and take a test.
Verb Definition
Verb Types
  • auxiliary verb
  • modifies the meaning of another verb in a sentence
  • copula verb
  • connects the subject to the complement and describes the subject
  • ditransitive verb
  • takes both a direct object and an indirect object
  • dynamic verb
  • used in the progressive (continuous) aspect to indicate an unfinished action
  • finite verb
  • has a subject and shows tense, person, and number
  • gerund
  • acts as a noun by adding "ing" to the end
  • infinitive verb
  • occurs with "to" (except after an auxiliary verb or a modal verb)
  • intransitive verb
  • does not take an object
  • irregular verb
  • does not take "ed", "d", or "t" to form the simple past and past participle as do regular verbs
  • modal verb
  • used to express intention, necessity, obligation, offer, permission, possibility, prohibition, question, request, suggestion
  • phrasal verb
  • a combination of a verb and a preposition, a verb and an adverb, or a verb with both an adverb and a preposition
  • regular verb
  • takes "ed", "d", or "t" to form the simple past and past participle
  • stative verb
  • describes a state or condition
  • transitive verb
  • takes an object
Verb Test

It is very important to make sure the subject and verb in a sentence are in agreement. In the following test, choose the correct sentences.
1.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  We was very happy to see them again.
     b.  We were very happy to see them again.
2.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  She like eating sushi.
     b.  She likes eating sushi.
3.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  They are really interested in studying English grammar.
     b.  They is really interested in studying English grammar.
4.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  The people who live in the blue house are having a really noisy party.
     b.  The people who live in the blue house is having a really noisy party.
5.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  Her friends and John is going on vacation this weekend.
     b.  Her friends and John are going on vacation this weekend.
6.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  Talking to friends is useful when you have a personal problem.
     b.  Talking to friends are useful when you have a personal problem.
7.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  Most of my luggage is red.
     b.  Most of my luggage are red.
8.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  I has been planning to go to Japan for a long time.
     b.  I have been planning to go to Japan for a long time.
9.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  Everyone who came to the party is important to me.
     b.  Everyone who came to the party are important to me.
10.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  They were very angry when they heard about the pay cut.
     b.  They was very angry when they heard about the pay cut.
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Additional Information
Could Have, Would Have, and Should Have
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of modal verbs.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
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Could Have, Would Have, and Should Have
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of modal verbs. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Different Meanings of 'Have' in Everyday Speech
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of the different meanings of have. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Different Meanings of 'Make' in Everyday Speech
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of the different meanings of make. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Do You See What I See?
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of verbs. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Grammar Tips
Can You Catch These Native Speaker Mistakes?
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of common mistakes. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Commonly Confused Words: Part One
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
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Commonly Confused Words: Part One
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Commonly Confused Words: Part Two
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
Click here to visit the lesson page.
Commonly Confused Words: Part Two
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
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