Grammar Corner: Verbs

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, a verb is  “a word that characteristically is the grammatical center of a predicate and expresses an act, occurrence, or mode of being, that in various languages is inflected for agreement with the subject, for tense, for voice, for mood, or for aspect, and that typically has rather full descriptive meaning and characterizing quality but is sometimes nearly devoid of these especially when used as an auxiliary or linking verb”

In simplest sense, a verb depicts actions and states suc as “run”, “think”, “am” and other similar states and actions of a noun.

Julia rode her bike to the store.   Mike is an actor.   Paul thought about the story.

There are different types of verbs:  action, transitive, intransitive, auxiliary, stative, modal, phrasal, and irregular.

We will discuss each type in a future post.

In writing it is strongly suggested to use verbs that are specific to the action or idea needing expressed.  For example rather than just stating

“John went to the store. ”   Having a strong descriptive verb conveys more meaning.

“John skipped to the store.” “John raced to the store.”  “John sauntered to the store.” “John drive to the store.”

Even without adjectives and adverb,s the verb can describe a mood or state that John was in while going to the store by using just the right  verb.


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