Verb and Its Types | Definition, Kinds & Examples

Written by Waseem Raza

Verb Definition

A Verb is a word that tells something about a person or a thing. The verb is the most important word in a sentence, as there can be no sentence without it.

Types of Verbs

(1) Transitive Verb

A Verb is Transitive it the action does not stop with the agent, but passes from the agent to something else.

For example

  1. We eat rice.
  2. He does his homework.
  3. He kills a snake.


(2) Intransitive Verb

A verb is Intransitive when the action stops with the agent, and does not pass from the agent to something else.

For example

  1. Hive’s flow.
  2. Winds blow.
  3. Birds fly.
  4. Animals die.


(3) Auxiliary or Helping Verb

An Auxiliary Verb is one which helps a Principal verb to form a tense or mood or voice. Hence it Is also called a Helping Verb.

For example

  1. She is writing a letter.
  2. I have come to college.
  3. He does not go to school.
  4. She will sing a song.

Note: Helping Verbs are of two categories.

(a) To be (is, are, am, was, were, has, have, had)

(b) Do, does, did, shall, should, will, would, can, could. may, might, must, ought.


(4) Linking Verb

A verb such as “be” or “become” that connects a subject with the adjective or noun (called the complement) that describes it. For example; She became angry. In this sentence the verb “became” is a Linking Verb. The Linking Verbs can be called “Copulas” or “Copular Verbs”. Also read, what is an adjective.

Common Linking Verbs are: be, seem, appear, look, sound, smell, taste, feel,
become, get.

  1. That car looks fast.
  2. The weather Is horrible.
  3. It’s getting late.
  4. The stew smells good.
  5. I do feel a fool. Read more

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