Recent Examples of verb from the Web
Who is used for subjects, whom for objects, including direct objects such as that of the verb to fire.
The word is chiefly British, deriving from footle, as a verb meaning to act or talk foolishly, to waste time, and as a noun meaning twaddle or nonsense.
Grammar and spelling matter, meaning do your stories in active voice, with subject-verb-object.
Wodehouse isn’t as easy to read aloud as Lardner, but Mr. Lithgow takes a great deal of pleasure in mapping sentences whose verbs are barely in earshot of their subjects.
But putting a comma between a verb and its direct object is not a common mistake.
In Labrador and the adjacent island of Newfoundland, which together constitute the easternmost and the newest Canadian province, trout is a verb as well as a noun.
Icelandic verbs have six forms for the six grammatical persons.
Like any good Midwesterner, Mom begins many of her sentences with verbs.
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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
First Known Use of verb
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Word Root of verb
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