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Verbs | Class 6 English Grammar


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What are Verbs?

Verbs are doing words. They are used to represent actions. There are regular and irregular verbs.

Regular Verbs

They form their past tenses by adding 'ed/d'.
Others are formed by dropping '-y' and adding '-ied'. Examples are:
Present Tense Past Tense
Accept Accepted
Add Added
Agree Agreed
Swallow Swallowed
Count Counted
Guard Guarded
Happen Happened
Harm Harmed
Interest Interested
Join Joined
Judge Judged
Mine Mined
Move Moved
Mark Marked
Plant Planted
Plant Planted
Study Studied
Reply Replied

Irregular Verbs

They form past tense in different ways, and not by adding of 'ed/d' to the word.
Some form past tense by changing the vowel, while others do not change at all.
Present Tense Past Tense
Arise Arose
Breed Bred
Go Went
Know Knew
Put Put
Grow Grew
Run Ran
Write Wrote
Strike Struck
Begin Begun

Modal Verbs

Modal verbs are used to express ideas as:
  • Probability
  • Ability
  • Permission
  • request, Offers and invitations
  • Suggestions and obligations
Examples of modal verbs are can, will, shall, would, should, did and more.
They can be in positive (affirmative) or negative such as:
Positive (Affirmative) Negative
Can Cannot (Can't)
Should Should not (Shouldn't)
Ought Ought not
Will Will not (Won't)
Could Could not (couldn't)
Might Might not (mightn't)

There are many types of verbs including action verbs, compound verbs, auxiliary verbs, helping verbs, linking verbs and more. We will discuss them in other topics.

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