Recent Examples of verb from the Web
There’s the feverish energy of the titular verb, which repeats throughout the track’s propulsive, urgent chorus.
The go-to drink, which is technically a style, is possibly the only cocktail with a name that’s a verb.
And so too in what Beyoncé sings, that verb of permission, let, is the promise of self-determination, a rewriting of that myth with black people as actors.
As an athlete who didn't go to college and came from humble circumstances, one who is sometimes belittled when noun and verb do not agree in his grammar, LeBron James nevertheless is a man who is underestimated only by fools.
That’s how Theranos employees used the normally intransitive verb when someone was dismissed.
In a sense, once the ceremony was over, the bride (a word which, by the way, is etymologically entangled with the verb cook) was officially no longer her father’s problem.
And most recently, that verb has taken hold of Kanye West—who, after a long social media hiatus, embarked on a long pro-Trump tweeting spree. this week.
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What is a verb?
Verbs are words that show an action (sing), occurrence (develop), or state of being (exist). Almost every sentence requires a verb. The basic form of a verb is known as its infinitive. The forms call, love, break, and go are all infinitives.
Almost all verbs have two other important forms called participles. Participles are forms that are used to create several verb tenses (forms that are used to show when an action happened); they can also be used as adjectives. The present participle always ends in -ing: calling, loving, breaking, going. (There is also a kind of noun, called a gerund, that is identical in form to the present participle form of a verb.) The past participle usually ends in -ed, but many past participles have irregular endings: called, loved, broken, gone.
The verb's past tense usually has the same -ed form as the past participle. For many verbs, however, the past tense is irregular. An irregular past tense is not always identical to an irregular past participle: called, loved, broke, went.
Definition of verb
- A television announcer in Vero Beach, Fla., spoke of a promise "to upkeep the beach," thus verbing a word that had been in use as an honest noun since 1884.
- —James Kilpatrick
- But it is by no means unusual for a noun to be verbed.
- —Theodore M. Bernstein
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