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Verbs
A Presentation for Sixth Grade
Classes
A verb is a word that expresses
• Action
– tells what the subject
does
• Our team scored
the winning basket.
A verb is a word that expresses
• A state of being
– tells what the subject
is
• John is
player.
our
best
There are two kinds of action verbs:
• Physical action
• The winner crossed
the finish line.
There are two kinds of action verbs:
• Mental action
• Ben dreamed of
winning the race.
Linking verbs are also called being verbs
because they are a form of “to be”.
• Being verbs
Some of the sensing verbs can also
be linking verbs.
• Try this test
– replace the sensing
verb with a form of
“to be”. If the
sentence still makes
sense, it is a linking
verb.
Some of the sensing verbs can also
be linking verbs.
• Try this test
– replace the sensing
verb with a form of
“to be”. If the
sentence still makes
sense, it is a linking
verb.
A verb can be either active or
passive voice.
• A verb is in active
voice if the subject
actually performs
the action.
• Katie aimed her
arrow at the target.
A verb can be either active or
passive voice.
• A verb is in passive
voice if the subject
does not actually
perform the action.
• The arrow was
aimed at the target
by an archer.
A verb can be transitive or
intransitive.
• If a verb has a
direct object, it is
transitive.
• Alan kicked the ball.
A verb can be transitive or
intransitive.
• If a verb has no
direct object, it is
intransitive.
• Alan kicked with all
his might.
Each verb has 4 main parts, or
principal parts.
• These parts are used to form the
various verb tenses.
Each verb has 4 main parts, or
principal parts.
• The present part ends in “s” or has no
ending.
Walks, Walk
Runs, Run
Each verb has 4 main parts, or
principal parts.
• The present participle ends in
“ing”.
• The present participle uses a form
of “to be” as a helping verb.
• Is walking, Were running
Each verb has 4 main parts, or
principal parts.
• The past part ends in “ed”, or the word
may have changed if it is irregular.
• Walked, Ran
Each verb has 4 main parts, or
principal parts.
• The past participle ends in “ed”,
or may have a changed form of the
word if it is irregular.
• The past participle uses the helping
verbs “have, has, or had”.
• Have walked, Has run
Verb tense is used to express
different times.
• Past tense expresses
an action that has
already happened.
• The boat sailed
away.
Verb tense is used to express
different times.
• Present tense expresses
an action that is
happening now.
• The quarterback calls
the play.
Verb tense is used to express
different times.
• Future tense expresses
an action that will
happen soon.
• When the skier reaches
the top, he will ski all
the way down the
mountain.