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Verb Definition

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Verb Definitions  -  A verb is a word used to say something about person , place or thing.
Verbs are mostly divided in three parts

Transitive verbs – A verb is transitive if the action does not stop with the agent but passes the agent to something else, and verb that is incomplete without direct object.
as in the following example
Incomplete – Baby broke.
complete - baby broke the glass.

Intransitive verb – A verb is intransitive when the action stops with the agent and does not pass from the agent to anything else, on the other hand it cannot take a direct object, intransitive verbs doesn't ‘t need  any object  like
I sleep .. Sleep is a complete sense in itself so it doesn't need any object it is called intransitive verbs.


Mostly of the verbs can be used as both transitive and intransitive verb, and it is better to say that verb is used transitively or intransitively rather than to say that verb is transitive or in transitive


Transitive verb
Intransitive verb
He stopped the car
The car stopped
She ring the bell
The bell rings
I drive the car
She drives very cautiously
He invited them
he was not invited


Auxiliary / modal verb - A verb is called an auxiliary verb that helps to form a tense , goes its own significance as a principal verb for that purpose -
 like- He has gone.
“Has” is auxiliary verb and “gone” is principal verb in this sentence here "has" is helping the principal verb "gone"

Following verbs are auxiliary / modal verb
Is , was , were, am , are, will, would, shall, do , should, does, did, can, could, may, might, must, ought, has, have, had, need, dare, used, be, been, being .

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