phrasal verbs

There are mainly four kinds of phrasal verbs. Here is a guide to the basics of phrasal verbs. Separable and non-separable phrasal verbs Phrasal verbs are made by putting adverb particles or prepositions after verbs. Phrasal verbs made with prepositions are usually non-separable. That means the verb and the preposition always go together. We set off for […]

Classification of verbs

Transitive and intransitive verbs Verbs can be classified in several ways. First, some verbs require an object to complete their meaning. ‘She read…’ Read what? ‘She read a story.’ These verbs that require an object are called transitive verbs. Verbs that do not require an object are called intransitive verbs. Note that most verbs can be both transitive […]

Copular verbs and action verbs

In English, there are mainly two types of verbs: copular verbs and action verbs. Copular verbs are also called linking verbs because they link the subject with a following adjective or noun. The most common copular verb is be. It has several forms. Examples are: is, am, are, was, were, being, been etc. As you can see, being and been are the present and past […]

Verbs and their properties

Verbs are words like see, work, drink, sleep, wait, shoot and take off. Verbs are distinguished from other parts of speech by a number of properties. A verb can be marked for tense: I work (Present tense)/ I worked. (Past tense)She write. / She wrote. A verb can usually be preceded by an auxiliary verb. I have written. She has come. He is singing. It […]