A Verb may be said to be the doing word,” because it is used to make a statement about a person, animal, place or thing. It is perhaps the most important part of a sentence. The verb or compound verb asserts the meaning of the subject of the sentence and express action.

Some verbs convey action e.g. sing, dance, eat, cry, laugh etc. while some give the idea of existence, of state, of being e.g. be, seem, belong, believe, exist, respect etc.

The verb can be considered the king of a sentence in English Language. You can make a one-word sentence with any verb and it makes sense whereas you cannot do the same with any other type of words.

Dog trainers use the most one-word sentence using verbs e.g. “Run!”, “Sit!”, “Catch!”, “Fetch!”, “Stop!”, “Attack!” etc…

In a simple sentence, a verb always has a subject, in other words, verbs are words that tell the actions/states of the subject e.g.

  • Mary feels happy {state}
  • Edward drinks water (action)

There is something special about verbs – they change their forms according to time factor. Most other words (adjectives, prepositions, adverbs) do not change in form although “nouns” do have 2 forms (singular & plural).

  • eat, eats, ate, eaten, eating
  • draw, draws, drew, drawn, drawing