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The Verb Phrase

03 Sep

I am sure all of you must know what the Verb is.  That’s right! The verb follows the subject; it generally shows the action of the sentence:

  • I hate spinach.
  • He drives too fast.
  • I read a novel.

Those bolded are verbs.

The Verb Phrase : A verb phrase consists of one or more auxilliaries and one main verb. The auxilliaries always precede the main verb. Look at the examples below:

  • John is going to Miami tomorrow (auxilliary – is; main verb – going)
  • Jane has been reading that book (auxilliaries – has, been; main verb – reading).
  • Mary is watching television. (auxilliary – is; main verb – watching)
  • It was raining at six o’clock last night.(auxilliary – was; main verb – raining)
  • She must have gone to the bank.(auxilliaries: must, have; main verb – gone)

MODAL AUXILLIARIES:

Present Tense Past Tense
Shall

Will

Can

May

Must (have to)

Should (ought to) ( had better)

Would (used to)

Could

Might

(Had to)

To make a modal negative, add the particle NOT after the model:

  • John would like to leave.  John would NOT like to leave

To make  a question, place the model at the beginning of the sentence:

  • Would John like to leave?

Your task!

Please study the following list of some of the common irregular verbs in English. It is very important that you know whether a verb is regular or irregular.  You will notice easily, that regular verbs ARE THE SAME IN THE PAST TENSE AND PAST PARTICIPLE, however, irregular verbs are very often different in these forms.

For your improvement of English: Please drill yourselves to make one sentence each of the following verbs in Simple Present and Simple Past tenses and READ THEM ALOUD.

No.

SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE

SIMPLE PAST TENSE

PAST PARTICIPLE

PRESENT PARTICIPLE

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

beat

begin

bind

bite

blow

break

bring

build

buy

catch

choose

do

drink

drive

eat

fall

beat

began

bound

bit

blew

broke

brought

built

bought

caught

chose

did

drank

drove

ate

fell

beaten

begun

bound

bitten

blown

broken

brought

built

bought

cought

chosen

done

drunk

driven

eaten

fallen

beating

beginning

binding

biting

blowing

breaking

bringing

building

buying

catching

choosing

doing

drinking

driving

eating

falling

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