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Grammar tip II – verbs

June 16, 2015

Grasping verbs can make a big difference to understanding grammar. Verbs are typically action words. However there are verbs that express a state of being (e.g. to be, to become). They are said to be the most important part of a sentence. Learn what main verbs and auxiliary verbs are (e.g. in the sentence I have been eating, to eat is the main verb, while to have and to be are auxiliary verbs that are used to construct the tense of the verb). It can be a bit tricky to sort the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs, but that’s the secret to sorting direct object, indirect object and complement. And in verbs lie a bulk of related stuff such as personal pronouns (and by extension, nouns) each of which will take a certain conjugated form of the verb. That’s where number and gender also lie. And who can forget tense?

But here’s the advantage, verbs help you construct text with a good flow, indicating a suitable sequence of events, they can add power to the way you communicate (e.g. using imperative instead of indicative mood means more forceful language). The correct usage of verbs I feel are what will decisively tip the balance in your favour as one with command over the language. It’s like judging a person’s style/class by looking at their feet/footwear. 😀 That was one more tip!

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