A sentence contains two essential parts: a verb and a subject. Recognizing the verb is the key to analyzing a sentence. Further, knowing how verbs work allows you to make intelligent choices among verb forms as you write.
In Chapter 2, you will learn that:
- verbs usually begin the section of a sentence that tells what something is doing or being.
- verbs can be combinations of a main verb plus one or more auxiliaries.
- verbs split apart in a question or negative statement.
- verbs give clues about the time of an event.
- verbs can appear in four different forms: base, simple past, present participle, and past participle.
- irregular verbs do not follow the usual pattern in the four forms.
- sentences can be combined by compounding their verbs.