English 9, Period C
14 January 2016
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An action verb is a verb that tells what action someone or something is performing. An
action verb can be either a physical (kick, play) or mental verb (think, like). Action verbs can
also be ten of the twelve linking verbs except (became or seem). Action verbs can be either a
transitive verb or an intransitive verb. The way you answer this question is by asking “what”
right after the action verb. Helping verbs can also help the action verb indicate a tense or
possibility (might eat, had ate).
Linking verbs are verbs that connect a word at or near the beginning of a sentence. Most
common linking verbs are in the form of be (am, are, is, was, were, be, being, been, etc.). Other
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helping verb shows possibility but remember if the verb and subject or main verb are not in
agreement then it is not a helping verb.
The complete subjects includes a noun or pronoun that names the person, place, or thing
that the sentence is about. The complete predicate includes a verb that tells something about the
complete subject. The complete subject and predicate make up a sentence. The complete subject
isn’t just the one noun or pronoun before the verb, it is the whole sentence before the main verb.
The complete predicate isn’t just the main verb it’s the whole sentence behind the main verb.
The simple subject is the essential noun, pronoun, or group of words acting as the noun, not the
whole sentence. The simple predicates is the essential verb or verb phrase that cannot be left out
of the complete predicate, not the whole sentence after the verb.
Some sentences have two or more subjects. A compound subject is two or subjects that
have the same verb and are joined by a conjunction such as and or or. A compound verb is two
or more verbs that have the same subject and are joined by a conjunction such as and or or.
The verb list consist of action verbs, linking verb, and helping verbs. Action verbs are
either mental or physical verbs, they can also be ten of the twelve except become and seem.
Linking verbs are verbs that connect two other words. Helping verbs are added onto another verb
to add more emphasis.
At last, verb tests. These are tests used to find a verb in a sentence. If you put an
indefinite or definite article in front of it then and it doesn’t make sense then it is a verb. It is a
transitive verb if directly after the verb you can answer the question “what” if not then it is a
intransitive verb. Also if you use one of the twelve linking verb is substituted for is, am, or are
and it makes sense then it is a linking verb, if not then it is an action verb.