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English Verbs

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A verb is a word that “denotes an action or state of being.” A verb phrase consists of a verb plus any auxiliaries (modals, operators, perfects, progressives, passives), modifiers, complements, objects, particles, and determinatives.

  • Past Participles of Irregular English Verbs

    Past participles, or -en participles, are a nonfinite verb form in English that perform verbal and adjectival functions. The following sections...

    Heather JohnsonMay 14, 2013
  • Past Participles of Regular English Verbs

    Past participles, or -en participles, are a nonfinite verb form in English that perform verbal and adjectival functions. The following sections...

    Heather JohnsonMay 12, 2013
  • Present Participles of English Verbs

    Present participles, or -ing participles, are a nonfinite verb form in English that perform verbal, adjectival, and nominal functions. The following...

    Heather JohnsonMay 10, 2013
  • Grammatical Mood in English

    Grammatical mood is defined as a set of distinctive verb forms that express modality. Modality is the grammaticalized expression of the...

    Heather JohnsonApril 8, 2013
  • Grammatical Voice in English

    Grammatical voice is loosely defined as the grammaticalized expression of relationships between predicate and nominal functions such as subject and object....

    Heather JohnsonApril 7, 2013
  • Tense and Aspect of English Verbs

    All finite, or conjugated, verbs in English express grammatical tense and grammatical aspect. Tense is the grammaticalized expression of the location...

    Heather JohnsonApril 6, 2013
  • Grammatical Aspect in English

    Grammatical aspect can be defined as the grammaticalized expression of the temporal structure of an action or state. Temporal structure roughly...

    Heather JohnsonApril 5, 2013
  • Grammatical Tense in English

    Grammatical tense can be defined as the grammaticalized expression of the location in time of an action or state. Verb tense...

    Heather JohnsonApril 4, 2013
  • Grammatical Form of English Verb Clauses

    Consisting of a subject and a predicate, clauses are the smallest grammatical unit that can express a complete proposition. Verb clauses...

    Heather JohnsonApril 2, 2013
  • Grammatical Functions of Verbs in Predicate Verb Phrases

    A predicate is defined as a word or phrase that expresses the action performed by the grammatical subject or the state...

    Heather JohnsonMarch 14, 2013
  • Phrasal Verbs: The Elephant Is a Whole, Not Its Parts

    Although grammatical relationships among forms of lexemes are expressed through either inflection or periphrasis, English is a highly periphrastic language. According...

    Heather JohnsonJanuary 23, 2012
  • To Boldly Go Where Most English Speakers Have Gone Before: The Split Infinitive

    To split the infinitive or to not split the infinitive, that is the question. Prescriptive grammars forbid the splitting of infinitives....

    Heather JohnsonSeptember 28, 2011
  • Grammatical Tense

    Grammatical tense is the grammaticalized expression of the location in time of an action or state. Tense only roughly corresponds to...

    Heather JohnsonSeptember 19, 2011