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)
|Present Tense||Past Tense|
Must (have to)
|Should (ought to) ( had better)
Would (used 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?
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.
SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE
SIMPLE PAST TENSE
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