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    Main verb

    Good day everyone

    I would like to share some questions about main verb. If you like about my questions, will you be generous to answer and give me a few explanations about those? Thanks.

    first of all, when I was going to know about definition about main verb, I read some book then I found the definition of main verb, the definition are:

    -Main verb, the finite verb in a main clause.
    -main verb combines with one or more auxiliary verbs, to form a finite verb phrase.


    After I have gotten those definitions, I still confuse of those because I didn't know about finite verb and finite verb phrase. Then I found some literature in the book that told the finite verb:

    -all forms of the verb except INFINITIVES and PARTICIPLES (-ING FORM and -ED FORM), are called finite verbs.

    Then I thought all forms of the verb is the main verb but infinitives and participles (-ing form and -ed form), are not the main verb.

    Next, I tried to know about forms of main verb and I got it in the other book. In the book said:

    -each main verb has five forms. Three of them can be used as a complete main verb:
    The -s form (present tense) she writes
    The past tense form he wrote
    The simple form (present tense) they write
    The other two forms do not, by themselves, indicate tense:
    The -ing form writing
    The participle form (ed /-en form) written



    Thus the questions are:
    1. Are those the definition in red typed correct or not?
    2. Is my conclusion in italic correct or not?
    3. Are infinitive and participle the forms of main verb or not?

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    Re: Main verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Haadee View Post
    Next, I tried to know about forms of main verb and I got it in the other book. In the book said:

    -each main verb has five forms. Three of them can be used as a complete main verb:
    The -s form (present tense) she writes
    The past tense form he wrote
    The simple form (present tense) they write
    The other two forms do not, by themselves, indicate tense:
    The -ing form writing
    The participle form (ed /-en form) written

    This is a very confusing way to think of the forms of the verb

    The present tense in a regular verb has the -s ending for third-person singular. The present tense with I, you, we, or they will look like the bare form, but you should not think of them as the same form - it won't work will irregular verbs.

    I don't know what they mean by "simple form" but the "bare infinitive" is the "to verb" (the infinitive) without the "to." It's used after a form of "to do" for form questions (Does he know? Yes he knows) and after modals: He would go, she should sleep. etc. as well as with other auxiliary verbs.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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