What is a verb?
- Effective English language communication usually requires that each sentence contain a subject and a verb. The subject is sometimes defined as a person, a place, or a thing.
- The verb conveys an understanding of the action expressed, or it conveys the state of the subject.
1. Action and state
- Tom hit the ball.
- The verb is hit.
- Tom acted; he hit something.
- The verb describes the action.
- Effective communication also requires identification of the thing Tom hit. The object that Tom hit was a ball. The object of the verb hit is the ball.
2. The sky is blue.The verb, is, conveys the state of the subject.
The verb does not convey a sense of action.
The sky has a blue state.
Blue is the color that describes the sky.
The word blue is an adjective in the sentence, "The sky is blue."
The next lesson is:
- Transitive verbs
- Intransitive verbs
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