Types of verbs

Verbs express activity, possibilities and conditions of a person, thing or animal. They tell us what is happening and where.

There are 5 types of verbs:

 

1 – Transitive verbs require one or more objects. It exerts its action on the object and transfers its action to something or someone.

 

2 – Intransitive verbs do not need objects to act upon. It only involves the subject.

 

Exercises N° 1&2

 

3 – Link verbs are followed by either a noun or an adjective. They connect the subject with a word that gives information about the subject

 

4 – Auxiliary verbs, also called helping verbs, help to clarify the main verb.  There are three main auxiliary verbs: be, have and do in all their forms, and the conditionals like could, shall, must, etc.

 

5 – Modal verbs are followed directly by the infinitive of another verb. They don’t use an ‘s’ for the third person singular.

They make questions by inversion (‘she can go’ becomes ‘can she go?’).

 

 

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