The Study of Verbs

When I was a child, my teachers taught me: "A verb is an action word." I too taught the same to children when I became a teacher.

It never occurs to young students to ask where the action word is in the sentence: I am a student.

If a smart little one asked you that question, you'd be faced with a bit of a challenge, wouldn't you?

Little children's language stomachs can only digest the milk of English grammar. But you as a smart adult are surely looking for more solid food.

So here are some verb-dishes for you. Try all, but not all on one day; lest you get grammatical indigestion!

What is a Verb?

You will find here a learner-centered explanation with words which help you visualize the verb-family.

Click here for the page What is a Verb?

Types of Verbs

Shows you that verb-types are based on how they are classified. Verbs can be classified according to...

  • their meaning,
  • morphology, or
  • syntax

Read about the types here.

Principal Parts of Verbs

The parts refer to the five single-word forms of a verb, including its base form. We also learn here the basis for the division into regular and irregular verbs.

Follow this link to learn about the principal parts

List of Verbs

We begin here with a list of Finite and Non-Finite Verbs (formed from one verb 'to eat') to illustrate how finites and non-finites are formed.

Access the verb-list here.

Subject-Verb Agreement

Subject-Verb Agreement is a problem area for many. Fact is that everything here is based on one single rule. This page explains what and how we need to understand and apply the rule.

Learn about this so-called problem topic here.

You may click these links...

Verb Tenses

A topic we have learned in school year after year; yet few have confidence in the use of it.

This page will guide you how to approach this topic so that you can have an intimate understanding and relish of the topic and be able to guide others to a better understanding.

Click for the Tenses page here.

Helping Verbs

This page will help you to understand...

  • what helping verbs are NOT
  • what they ARE, and
  • how they help in order to deserve their name.

Read here about these helpers (also called Auxiliaries) here.

For Further Reading and Study...

Related Pages

Parts of Speech

What is Grammar?

The Study of Verbs

The Study of Nouns

The Study of Pronouns

Forms and Functions of Nouns and Pronouns

Non-Finite Verbs (Verbals)

The World of Sentences