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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
auxiliary verb
linking verb
modal verb
phrasal verb
▪ It consists of the notional component of the finite verb and the rest of the message.
▪ Here, finite verbs will agree in both cases with the superficially plural pronoun.
▪ Similarly, transitive verbs contrast directly with intransitive verbs, but only indirectly with adjectives.
▪ Index of language points and of irregular verbs.
▪ The conjugations of these irregular verbs.
▪ Does Dickens, for example, overstep the limits of grammar in beginning Bleak House with a series of sentences without main verbs?
▪ The table visualizing the essentials of the contrast between the modal and main verb uses is reproduced below.
▪ The table visualizing the essentials of the contrast between the modal and main verb uses is reproduced below.
▪ No sign of grammar here: no interrogative forms, modal verbs, question tags; no sentence at all.
▪ The grammatical syllabus concentrates on verb forms, in particular the tense system, and modal verbs.
▪ To is used when the infinitive event is conceived as coming after that of the other verb.
▪ Independently of any other verb, the bare infinitive here expresses an event as a possibility, a rejected possibility.
▪ Thorough treatment of idioms and phrasal verbs which are so important to advanced level learners.
▪ Amsler shows that this notion ignores important classes of words such as open nominal compounds, phrasal verbs and idioms.
▪ One cause for this ambiguity is the specification of the particles that put can occur with to form phrasal verbs.
▪ There are 60 grammatical categories specified within this lexicon indicating such properties as transitive verb, plural noun, proper noun etc.
▪ Similarly, transitive verbs contrast directly with intransitive verbs, but only indirectly with adjectives.
▪ This would suggest the assignment of one index to derivatives of the verb form and another to those of the noun form.
▪ They are less than a month into the fall semester and the students are still borrowing the verb forms from the questions.
▪ Are they distinct forms of the verb or simply variants of a single verb form - the infinitive?
▪ The passages got longer and longer, the sentence structure and verb forms more complex.
▪ Subcategorization for noun phrases and verb phrases of all types. iii.
▪ Three more use the verb legare in a sense which might be similar, although it is less clear.
▪ Then exclamation marks abound, and she uses verbs in the imperative to heighten the drama of her warning to humanity.
▪ Put action into your writing Use active verbs wherever possible.
irregular verb/plural etc
▪ Index of language points and of irregular verbs.
▪ The conjugations of these irregular verbs.
weak verb
▪ Another section is devoted entirely to grammar drills, including the use of prepositions, comparatives, negatives and verb tenses.
▪ In the next section we will also discuss the loss of a morphological rule that created causative verbs from adjectives.
▪ It will be noted that these begin with a verb stating the actions students are expected to show.
▪ Similarly, transitive verbs contrast directly with intransitive verbs, but only indirectly with adjectives.
▪ The verb in question is a contractible verb, just as in the case of Tag-Controlled Deletion.
▪ The analysis will also automatically identify all pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions and verb forms in the text.
▪ The main noun in the subject is boldfaced, the verb is italicised.
▪ There's a verb to describe these activities in the States: to futz.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Verb \Verb\, n. [F. verbe, L. verbum a word, verb. See Word.]

  1. A word; a vocable. [Obs.]

  2. (Gram.) A word which affirms or predicates something of some person or thing; a part of speech expressing being, action, or the suffering of action.

    Note: A verb is a word whereby the chief action of the mind [the assertion or the denial of a proposition] finds expression.

    Active verb, Auxiliary verb, Neuter verb, etc. See Active, Auxiliary, Neuter, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French verbe "word; word of God; saying; part of speech that expresses action or being" (12c.) and directly from Latin verbum "verb," originally "a word," from PIE root *were- (3) "to speak" (cognates: Avestan urvata- "command;" Sanskrit vrata- "command, vow;" Greek rhetor "public speaker," rhetra "agreement, covenant," eirein "to speak, say;" Hittite weriga- "call, summon;" Lithuanian vardas "name;" Gothic waurd, Old English word "word").


n. 1 (context grammar English) A word that indicates an action, event, or state. 2 (context obsolete English) Any word; a vocable. vb. 1 (context transitive nonstandard colloquial English) To use any word that is not a verb (especially a noun) as if it were a verb. 2 (context used as a neutral, unspecific verb often in linguistics and the social sciences English) To perform any action that is normally expressed by a verb.

  1. n. a word that serves as the predicate of a sentence

  2. a content word that denotes an action or a state


A verb, from the Latin verbum meaning word, is a word ( part of speech) that in syntax conveys an action (bring, read, walk, run, learn), an occurrence (happen, become), or a state of being (be, exist, stand). In the usual description of English, the basic form, with or without the particle to, is the infinitive. In many languages, verbs are inflected (modified in form) to encode tense, aspect, mood, and voice. A verb may also agree with the person, gender, and/or number of some of its arguments, such as its subject, or object. Verbs have tenses: present, to indicate that an action is being carried out; past, to indicate that an action has been done; future, to indicate that an action will be done.

VERB (program)

VERB was a physical activity program of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Government. It included print, online, and television national paid advertising. It ran from 2002 to 2006. The main goal of the VERB campaign was to increase and maintain physical activity among “tweens” (children ages 9–13). The campaign is based upon social marketing principles (produce, price, place and promotion) and culturally targets this age group. It encourages life style changes such as playing more and “trying new verbs.”

An evaluation of the program in 2004 found it to have an expansive reach. Among exposed children, 96% reported understanding of at least one key campaign message. Children who reported being aware of the VERB campaign engaged in 3.9 weekly sessions of free-time activity while children with no VERB awareness reported 3 sessions of physical activity. This is a 22% differences between the VERB aware and unaware.

In 2004, an additional program called "VERB Summer Scorecard" emerged from the national VERB campaign. VERB Summer Scorecard was developed first launched by Fit Kentucky and the Lexington Fayette County Health Department (creating the Lexington Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition). It has since been adapted and disseminated in 22 communities including cities in Florida, Nebraska, Iowa and Colorado. VERB Summer Scorecard promotes and incentivizes physical activity opportunities by creating a “passport” (scorecard) system for children to track their physical activity. It creates “activity-friendly communities” to facilitate exercise.

Usage examples of "verb".

It is sometimes intensive, as in bestir, and converts an adjective into a verb, as in bedim.

A linking verb, one that expresses a state of being, always requires an adjective to complete its meaning, while an active verb does not.

They are Article, Noun, Adjective, Pronoun, Verb, AdVerb, Preposition, Conjunction and Interjection.

An enclitic, similar in function to bara, except that it indicates that a preceding verb is the name of the following element in the agglutinated term, as in Darabeldal, Flowing Lake.

She still must follow citizen Anet as the feminine pronoun follows the masculine, or as a verb agrees with its nominative case in number and in person.

In the case of primary verbs, the aorist and the present tense differ not only regarding the ending.

The time-forms of the verb are three, the present, the aorist, and the future.

I keep my mind off aorist passive verbs while I was walking, and I had to agree.

His use of final vowels after the noun, and his rejection of the pronoun, which apocope in the Arabic verb renders necessary in the everyday speech of the people, told the Master he was listening to some archaic, uncorrupted form of the language.

Judy pointed out, the General and Baby and Bunty and Neil had not arrived at the dignity of French verbs yet, so such a punishment would be iniquitous.

She liked the slim, athletic engineery types who were modest about their feats and never spoke of them but could fix a balky engine or conjugate a French verb, often simultaneously.

The agent, or person acting, is denoted by the syllable er added to the verb, as lover, frighter, striker.

Vanya repeated inwardly, outwardly speaking of nouns, gerund phrases, and verbs.

Essentially, there are three basic parts of Klingon grammar that will be discussed here: Nouns, Verbs, and Everything Else.

As with Klingon nouns, Klingonaase verbs may take suffixes falling into a number of types based on their relative positions following the verb.