Learn all about English verbs with these lessons.
Introduction to Verbs
Verbs are the words in a sentence that indicate an action, a
state of being, or possession.
The English verb "to be" is the most common in the English language. It
has three conjugations in the present tense: am, are, is. The verb "to be" can be followed by an adjective, noun, preposition, or
The English verb "to be" is one of the most important English verbs. It
is used to state simple facts, to ask questions, and to form negative
"To have" is one of the most important English verbs. It
has two conjugations in the present tense. It can be followed by a noun, past participle, or
Auxiliary verbs, including be, do, have, and modals
like can and will, are used with a main verb to form a
statement or a question. They are sometimes referred to as "helping verbs"
because the main verb needs "help" in order to complete a sentence or
Modal verbs, modal auxiliaries or simply modals, are a type of auxiliary
verb or helping verb. English has ten modal verbs: can, could, will, would,
shall, should, may, might, must, and ought.
In English, there are only two conjugations in the present tense for all
verbs except to be. There is one conjugation for the
third person singular, and another conjugation for the other grammatical
The present participle of a verb has many functions in English.
It is formed by adding -ing to the
form of a verb (infinitive without to).
The present progressive, sometimes called the present continuous, is formed
with the verb BE conjugated in the simple present followed by the present
participle of the main verb: Subject + BE + (verb+ing).
The simple past is used to describe an action that occurred and was
completed in the past. For regular verbs, the simple
past is formed by adding -ed to the base form of the
verb (the infinitive without
Tense and Aspect
The English language has three tenses and four aspects - learn how they all
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