Types of Verbs
Learn these types of verbs to get a better understanding of the English Language.
Active and Passive Verbs
Active verbs describe what the subject (a person, place, thing) does.
Example: The teacher read the book.
Passive verbs describe what is done to the subject.
Example: The book was read by the teacher.
is used to form the past tense by adding a suffix – d or - ed.
Regular Verbs In Past Simple
An irregular verb does not take the - d or - ed ending. It forms the past tense by changing the verb internally.Example:
These verbs connect a subject and its nominal complement. The most common linking verbs are all forms of the verb to be (am, is, are etc.). But there are others such as the “sense” verbs: look, appear, smell, become, remain, sound, continue, feel.
Example: I feel angry. She looked awful.
These verbs have direct objects, the action is directed toward some objective.
Example: The company produced cars to sell to Japan. (Produced what? Cars)
These verbs do not have direct objects the action of the verb is not directed towards an objective.
Example: The man shouted angrily.
It was raining suddenly.
Auxiliary or helping Verbs
These verbs combine with other verbs to show the tense or manner of the action.
The most important helping Verbs are the verbs to be and to have