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Introduction to Verbs

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Introduction

Verbs are usually action words. They indicate what the subject of each clause is doing. That’s why you cannot have a sentence without at least one main verb.

Here is a sentence with two clauses, and therefore two verbs:

When I remember my childhood, I become sentimental.

The sentence also reveals that not every verb is clearly an action. The verb become shows a change or a process. These abstract verbs are less about action, and more about describing a state of being (many of them are linking verbs).

So let’s dig in and learn about the different kinds of verbs.