Be Verbs – English Grammar
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A verb is used to signify the performance of an action. Every verb needs a noun to perform its action.
A verb tells about an action or a state of being.
One noun and one verb are the minima needed to make a complete sentence—for example:
- It flew.
- We waited.
- I am.
There are three types of verbs:
1. Action Verbs
An action verb expresses action. It tells what a person or a thing does.
We built a fantastic sandcastle.
(To find out whether a word is an action verb, ask yourself whether that word expresses something you can do.)
2. Linking Verbs
A linking verb links the subject of the sentence with information about it. Sometimes linking verbs are called “state-of-being verbs.”
Jeremy is tired.
3. Auxiliary Verbs
An auxiliary verb goes with another verb. Sometimes auxiliary verbs are called “helping verbs” because they introduce or “help out” the main verb.
Ms. Sothros is reading our stories.
Be, have, and do are the most common auxiliary verbs. Other common auxiliary verbs include can, could, should, would, may, might, and must.
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