The verb is the most critical part of a sentence. Without a verb, a sentence is not complete; a complete sentence must have a verb.

The verb expresses actions, events, or states of being.

  • (action): bite, steal, run, collect, take
  • (state of being): is, are, has, did, will 

A verb that tells what a noun does is called an action verb. Another type of verb does not show action; it shows the state of being. Verbs like these are called auxiliary verbs.


  1. Timothy and his friends take a bus home daily. (take = action verb)
  2. Timothy and his friends are coming. (are = auxiliary verb)

Posted on July 9, 2009, in Word Classes and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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