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Action Verb  

Sep 7, 2022

A verb is words that shows what someone or somethings is doing. 

Example: “A student talks to her friend every day.” 

Here “talks” is the verb because it shows what the student does. 

There are three types of clauses: 

  1. Action verbs 
  2. Linking verbs 
  3. Helping verbs 

Action Verb 

An action verb is a word that shows action. 


It tells what the subject of the sentence does. 


  • A student talks to her friend everyday.

Here “student” is a subject. here the subject “talks”. So “talks” is an action verb. 

Some action verbs show actions that happens mostly in the mind.  


  • Like, Think, Enjoy 

Formation of verb sentences: 

Sub+ Action verb+ rest of the sentence 

Sub+ Helping verb+ Action verb+ Rest of the sentence 

Action verbs are divided into two types. 

  • Transitive verb 
  • Intransitive verb 

Transitive verb: 

It must have a direct object. 

A transitive verb shows up something/someone to be acted upon. 


  • My father took me to the office for my birthday.

Intransitive verb: 

Intransitive verbs do not need a direct object. 

They may be preceded by an adjective, adverb, preposition, or another part of speech. 


  • My dog barked at the mail carrier.
  • The children whispered instead of sleeping. 

A verb can often be transitive and intransitive , depending on how it is used in a sentence. 


  • “Sana usually leaves the books on the table.” 
  • “The train sometimes leaves early on Sunday.” 


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