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    What is a Verb

    Hello

    I am not very good with verbs. I am not sure how it works either. I have a grammer test on Monday 29th Jan. and I don't have a clue where to start. I wasn't able to ask for help because I have been working all week.

    Could someone please help me.

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    Re: What is a Verb

    I am not very good with verbs.
    The verb in that sentence is am. It expresses a state of being. That state of being is your facility with verbs.

    I am not sure how they work.
    Again, am expresses a state of being: your uncertainty.

    I have a grammer test on Monday 29th Jan., and I don't have a clue where to start.
    The word have often indicates possession, but the first have indicates something you are anticipating. The second have does indicate possession.

    I wasn't able to ask for help because I have been working all week.
    There are two verbs in that sentence. The word was is a form of to be, and it indicates a state of being. The state of being in this case is your ability to ask for help. The word ask is an active verb meaning to make a request.


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    Re: What is a Verb

    Thanks for the reply.

    What does state of being mean? Something that exist now?

    Verb is a doing word. A verb has to have a to in front of it , is that correct? Or is it To be???????

    I went to the shop? what is the verb in that sentence? is it went ?

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    Re: What is a Verb

    Hi, rehana82.

    Here's a trick. Every sentence has a subject and a verb. Some verbs takes objects. Now, subjects and objects are nouns, people, places, and things. Verbs are not people, places, or things. They are things that you can do. To find out where the verb in a sentence is ask "Can I <put the word here>?". Like this,

    Ex: I eat cake.
    Test: Can I eat cake? Yes. <eat is a verb>

    Now, you try. Please note that, the words am, is, are, was, were, be are linking verbs. You can't do or act them out. They are called stative verbs. They express a state. State is the opposite of action. For example,

    Ex: I am tall.
    Test: Can I am? No. <But remember "am" is a linking verb>

    Ex: I ran to the mall.
    Test: Can I run? Yes. <ran is a verb>

    Take a look here: The Verb

    All the best.


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    Re: What is a Verb

    Hello Casiopea

    a verb must include To be..? is that right? but what is to be? a action that will take place?

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    Re: What is a Verb

    To be is not an action. It's a linking verb. It links words. It means the same thing as this symbol =, an equals sign. For example,

    2 + 2 = 4
    4 = 4

    John is a doctor
    John = a doctor

    To be is a verb, yes, and it has many forms:

    am
    are
    is
    was
    were
    be
    been

    Does that help?


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    Re: What is a Verb

    yes you are helping but it will take me a long time to understand it, so please bear with me.

    how does it work? i understand the verbs below are correct but how does it work?
    for exp: i am at college. verb: i am/ to be

    i went to the shops this morning. verb: to go

    she brings her baby to work. verb: to bring

    my dad fought in the last war. verb: to fight

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    Re: What is a Verb

    am is the 1st person singular form of the verb To be.

    Singular Forms
    1st I am
    2nd you are
    3rd She is, He is, It is

    Plural Forms
    1st We are
    2nd You are
    3rd They are

    went is the past tense form of the verb to go.

    I went
    You went
    She went, He went, It went

    We went
    You went
    They went

    brings is the 3rd person singular present form of the verb to bring.

    I bring
    You bring
    She brings, He brings, It brings

    We bring
    You bring
    They bring

    fought is the past tense form of the verb to fight.

    I fought
    You fought
    and so on



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    Angry i wish i knew about this site b4


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    Re: What is a Verb

    It would be difficult to add anything to what Cas has said, but I'll try.

    You cannot make a sentence without using a verb, but you can make a sentence without using subjects or objects (explicitly, at least). Examples:
    Go!
    Speak!
    Try.
    Hurry!
    Help!
    Sit.
    Stay.

    ~R

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