Unit 02: Verb Classification

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    Post by nuhru_1098 on Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:56 am

    We divide verbs into two broad classifications:

    1. HELPING VERBS
    Imagine that a stranger walks into your room and says:

    I can.
    People must.
    The Earth will.
    Do you understand anything? Has this person communicated anything to you? Probably not! That's because these verbs are helping verbs and have no meaning on their own. They are necessary for the grammatical structure of the sentence, but they do not tell us very much alone. We usually use helping verbs with main verbs. They "help" the main verb. (The sentences in the above examples are therefore incomplete. They need at least a main verb to complete them.) There are only about 15 helping verbs.

    2. MAIN VERBS
    Now imagine that the same stranger walks into your room and says:

    I teach.
    People eat.
    The Earth rotates.
    Do you understand something? Has this person communicated something to you? Probably yes! Not a lot, but something. That's because these verbs are main verbs and have meaning on their own. They tell us something. Of course, there are thousands of main verbs.

    In the following table we see example sentences with helping verbs and main verbs. Notice that all of these sentences have a main verb. Only some of them have a helping verb.

    SUBJECT HELPING VERB MAIN VERB COMPLEMENT

    John likes coffee.
    You lied to me.
    They are happy.
    The children are playing.
    We must go now.
    I do not want any.


    Helping verbs and main verbs can be further sub-divided, as we shall see on the following post.
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    Post Re: Unit 02: Verb Classification

    Post by markitus_11 on Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:50 pm

    Good information, thanks


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