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8 types of Verbs that a class 7 kid must know

8 types of Verbs that a class 7 kid must know

Sarah is playing with her doll.

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you could not express about anything you did just because you do not have the words to talk about those actions? Well, that would never happen because that is what verbs are for. 

Verbs! Verbs are words that represent actions that are external (run, jump, work) and internal (love, think, consider). Without verbs, you can’t do anything, you can’t feel anything—you can’t even be anything.  

Let's learn everything you should know about verbs, the types of verbs and how to use them in everyday communication -

Types of verbs

Verbs can be classified into numerous types according to their function or role in a sentence or context. Let us look into the various types of verbs and some examples of each type of verb.

Eight types of verbs that a class 7 student should know:
1. Action Verbs

These are the most common verbs used to show actions or activities.  Action verbs can be subdivided into two different types – physical actions and mental actions.

For example:  run, jump, eat, sleep, love, hate, trust, feel

a.  "He jumped over the fence."

b.  "Did I surprise you?"

2. Linking Verbs

A linking verb, just like the name suggests, is a type of verb that is used to link the subjects in a sentence to the other parts of the sentence so that it is meaningful. It connects the subject to the object.

For example: is, am, are, was, were, seem, appear.

a. "The book is on the shelf."

b. "The party was yesterday."

3. Helping Verbs (Auxiliary Verbs)

Auxiliary verbs or helping verbs is a verb that is used to help another verb sound sensible and meaningful. It is used to change the other verb’s tense, mood or voice. These verbs are used alongside main verbs to create different verb tenses or to form questions and negatives. 

For example: be, do, have.

a. I have eaten sushi many times before. (tense)

b. That piece of sushi was eaten by me. (voice)

c. Did you eat my sushi? (mood)

4. Modal Verbs

Modal verbs are those verbs that are used to denote the possibility, probability, capability or necessity of something happening.

For example: can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will, would.

a. It might rain in the evening.

b. Can you play the piano?

5. Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs include phrases that are formed by combining two or more parts of speech that performs the same function as a verb in a sentence.

For example: look up (search for information), take off (remove), put off (postpone).

a. The dentist took off my tooth today.

b. She broke off her engagement.

6. Irregular Verbs

Verbs that change entirely in past tense and past participle can be defined as irregular verbs. You can’t simply change them to –ed or –t in their second and third forms as their spellings drastically change. Buy becomes bought, and think becomes thought. Some auxiliary verbs are also included in irregular verbs. Is and am change to was, whereas are becomes were. 

For example: go (went, gone), eat (ate, eaten), see (saw, seen).

a. Rahul found the keys that went missing yesterday.

b. Tony has eaten everything you cooked.

7. Transitive Verbs: These verbs that take a direct object alone are called transitive verbs.

For example: She ate (what?) an apple.

a. My mom cleaned the house today. (Direct object – the house)

8. Intransitive Verbs

Those verbs that do not take either a direct object or an indirect object is called intransitive verbs.

For example: He sleeps (without mentioning what he sleeps).

a. "The volcano erupted"

Read more: 6 kinds of adjectives that a Class 7 kid must know ! (with Examples)

3 Expert tips on putting verbs into action

1. Use verbs instead of other words for more powerful writing

2.  Use the active voice whenever you can

3.  Use specific verbs instead of modifying general verbs.

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Madhur Churiwala is an accomplished English and communicative skills educator with 15 years of experience. She holds a degree of B. ED in English. She started her career as a Fashion Designer but her passion for teaching and interacting with children turned her into a highly skilled educator. Initially she taught in school and then moved onto online teaching platform where she showcased her skills in education. Her way of teaching in fun and playful environment always inspires children to develop a love for learning. Over the years she has developed her passion for writing. As an author, Madhur brings her dedicated educational background to her blogs offering the valuable insights for educators, parents and students alike.

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