Recent Examples of verb from the Web
Garner’s Modern American Usage is concerned only whether the preposition with the verb should be with or against.
Take a verb like grandfather, meaning to exempt certain privileged people from requirements.
No one ever told her how the verb might earn the noun.
Words appeared in a formulaic order, and nouns and verbs were always followed by a special marker.
Passionate paragraphs, the subject-verb-object of ardor.
Flanagan’s prose becomes languidly reliant on the verb feel and all its conjugations.
This is exacerbated by the lack of affect in almost everything Mokhtar and the other characters think or say or do, as expressed through short sentences that go subject-verb-object no matter who or what is being depicted.
Much of the anguish and the elation in our lives begins with a glance, a kiss and then—a lifelong struggle to make sense of the verb to love.
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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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Word Root of verb
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