Verb Types

verb is a word or a combination of words that indicates action or a state of being or condition. A verb is the part of a sentence that tells us what the subject performs. Verbs are the hearts of English sentences.

Verb Types: Modal Verbs-Negative*

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Modal Verbs

Verb Types: Modal Verbs-Negative April 4, 2019 Written by Douglas Shaw The negative forms reverse the meaning of the modal (to express inability, impermissible or impossibility). can can’t must mustn’t needn’t have to don’t have to   To form the negative – use the modal add “not” onto the end e.g. “should” becomes “shouldn’t”. Model verbs – Negative form … Read more…

Verb Types: Modal Verbs-Past*

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Modal Verbs

Verb Types: Modal Verbs-Past April 4, 2019 Written by Douglas Shaw Modal verbs for past We use these modals because they show that we are not completely certain of what might have taken place. We are speculating about past events – (guessing what happened). should could would may might Note: We use “must” when we … Read more…

Verb Types: Modal Verbs-Willingness*

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Modal Verbs

Verb Types: Modal Verbs-Willingness April 4, 2019 Written by Douglas Shaw Using these modals to express willingness or unwillingness. “Will” & “won’t” are used most often to talk about future. However, they also function to express willingness and unwillingness. will won’t – will not   Modal Verbs – Express Willingness & Unwillingness in the present. … Read more…

Verb Types: Modal verbs-Obligation & Advice*

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Modal Verbs

Verb Types: Modal Verbs-Obligation & Advice April 4, 2019 Written by Douglas Shaw Modal Verbs for obligation & advice: Using these modals with the main verb (Infinitive) to express obligation and & advise. should should have must have to Note: Using the word “should” expresses weaker obligation than the words “must” and “have to”. Using … Read more…

Verb Types: Modal Verbs-Probability & Certainty*

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Modal Verbs

Verb Types: Modal Verbs-Probability & Certainty April 4, 2019 Written by Douglas Shaw Modal Verbs – Probability & Certainty: Using these modals with the main verb to express probability & certainty in the present and past. must can’t may might could Using Modal verbs for present Using these modals with the main verb to express … Read more…

Verb Types: Modal Verbs-Permission*

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Modal Verbs

Verb Types: Modal Verbs-Permission April 4, 2019 Written by Douglas Shaw Modal verbs for permission: Use these modals with the main verb when asking for, giving, and refusing permission. can can’t could may Using Modal Verbs to express permission Use these modals with the main verb when asking for, giving, and refusing permission. can can’t … Read more…

Verb Types: Auxiliary Verbs*

Verb Types: Auxiliary Verbs April 4, 2019 Written by Douglas Shaw Auxiliary verbs (known as helping verbs) are used together with with the main verb to give grammatical information (e.g. tense, voice, express ideas, for instance possibility, necessity and permission): The auxiliary verbs are commonly used in three different forms. used to form the passive … Read more…

Verb Types: Linking Verbs*

Verb Types: Linking Verbs April 4, 2019 Written by Douglas Shaw Linking verbs do not express actions, thoughts, events. Instead, they are used to connect the subject of the verb to more information about the subject. : Linking verbs are used in descriptions of what someone or something is or what they are like. Main … Read more…