Answered By: Rachel Willard
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2016     Views: 87

A verb is the action or state of being in a sentence. Verbs can be expressed in different tenses, depending on when the action is being performed. 

Here are some examples: 

Image has four small boxes with a short sentence under each.  The one in the top right says "past tense action" in the box and below it "Jennifer waled to the store" the box in the top right says "Future tense action" the text below it says "After lunch, I will call my mother" the box on the bottom right says "Past tense state of being" the text below this says "You were a great singer" the box in the bottom right says "Present tense state of being" the text below says "Mosquito bites itch."

 

Example sentence: Jennifer walked to the store.

     In this sentence, walked is the verb that shows an action. It happened in the past, so it is a past-tense verb. 

 

Example sentence: You were a great singer.

     In this sentence, the verb is were. It shows a state of being that was in the past, so it is a past-tense verb. 

 

Example sentence: After lunch, I will call my mother. 

     In this sentence, will call is the verb phrase. It shows that something will happen in the future, so it is a future-tense verb. 

 

Example sentence: Mosquito bites itch. 

     In this sentence, itch is the verb. It shows a current state of being, so it is a present-tense verb. 

 

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