Tag: Verb

Modal verbs and their meaningModal verbs and their meaning

What are modal verbs? Modals (also called modal verbs, modal auxiliary verbs, modal auxiliaries) are special verbs which behave irregularly in English. They are different from normal verbs like “work, play, visit…” They give additional information about the function of the main verb that follows it. They have a great variety of communicative functions. Here [...]

Modal VerbsModal Verbs

Modal verbs are a type of auxiliary verb which express the mood of another verb.They are used to express ideas such as:possibility, prediction, speculation, deduction and necessity. Modal verbs1) do not have participle or infinitive forms2) do not take the ending -(e)s in the third-person singular.   Modal  Concept Example [...]

Main VerbsMain Verbs

Main verbs are also called “lexical verbs”. Main verbs have meaning on their own (unlike helping verbs). There are thousands of main verbs, and we can classify them in several ways: Transitive and intransitive verbs A transitive verb takes a direct object: Somebody killed the President. An intransitive verb does not have a [...]

Helping VerbsHelping Verbs

Helping verbs are also called “auxiliary verbs”. Helping verbs have no meaning on their own. They are necessary for the grammatical structure of a sentence, but they do not tell us very much alone. We usually use helping verbs with main verbs. They “help” the main verb (which has the real [...]

Verb ClassificationVerb Classification

We divide verbs into two broad classifications: Helping Verbs Imagine that a stranger walks into your room and says: I can. People must. The Earth will. Do you understand anything? Has this person communicated anything to you? Probably not! That’s because these verbs are helping verbs and have no meaning on their own. They are necessary for the grammatical [...]