Shall we verb?
Verbs are doing words. They are one of the key parts to a sentence because the verb tells you what is happening – or what someone or something is doing.
- It is still raining, even though it rained all night and the dogs keep barking.
- He smiled and decided to buy the most expensive champagne.
- Walking quickly, she tucked the grammar guide into her pocket and concealed the red pen in her sleeve.
To spot a verb, try adding “to” before it – to run, to drink, to sing, to write – and think of a verb as being used “to do” something. You cannot “to beautiful” or “to Paris” – but you can “be” beautiful (to be) or “go” to Paris (to go).
Another trick is to add “-ing” to the word – dancing, eating, laughing – and think of the verb as being an action taking place. You cannot “prettying” or “teaing” – but you can be “making” something pretty or “drinking” a cup of tea.