Verb is the Word

{All rights to this clip remains with it’s creator Seth MacFarlane and FOX Broadcasting Network}

I used to be obsessed with that song when I was little. I had my Sesame Street CD in my mom’s 5 CD Stereo and dance in the kitchen to the sound of Big Bird singing it. [ Sadly I couldn’t find a clip that would include Big Bird’s Voice Actor. ]

Back to the topic, today’s post is going to go over the most action-packed part of speech.

The Verb

What is a verb?

Verb – n. A word that is the grammatical center of a predicate and expresses an act, occurrence, or mode of being.

– The Merriam-Webster Dictionary

A verb, in short, is the action that is taking place within a sentence. Performed by the subject, the verb is the part of the sentence that moves the plot, the world, and the character forward. For example, the planet beneath our feet is currently performing a verb. It is rotating.

But a verb cannot be on it’s own. Much like an idea, which needs a person or cause to create it, a verb needs a person or cause in order for it to be performed. Without the subject, a verb cannot be performed.

On the other hand, not knowing what it is being performed upon keeps the verb in limbo. Without completion, the verb will make no sense and in turn, no effect will occur. More often than not, the object that the verb is being performed on is implied after it being stated at least once in a previous sentence, creating a context.

What can I use to intensify the verb?

Once you’ve picked out a verb, it’s time to dress it up a bit. With that you have two options, tense it up, or adverb it out.

Tense it up

Adding tense to a verb within a sentence is still something that I have trouble with, but here are the basics that I have somewhat grasped over time.

  • Past tense usually includes an -ed at the end of your verb.
  • Present tense normally has -ing at the end or no added ending at all.
  • Future tense will have connecting words added. For example, for the verb walk used in the future tense can be written as ‘will walk’ or ‘going to walk.’

Adverb it out

I personally find adverbs fun. They bring splashes of glitter and flamboyance to a verb. It’s much more alive that way. An adverb is a descriptive word you connect to a verb in order to give the action more detail. You’ll see an adverb when it has an -ly ending to it.

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