Types of Verbs

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In today’s English class, we will be learning about Types of Verbs

types of verbs

Types of Verbs


In our previous class we learned that verbs are best described as the heart of English Sentences. Verbs are found in our everyday words.

Let’s look at the types of verbs we have

  • Action Verbs

Action verbs express specific actions and are used any time you want to show action or discuss someone doing something. It is important to remember that the action does not have to be physical.

Action Verb Examples:

  1. Run
  2. Dance
  3. Slide
  4. Jump
  5. Think
  6. Do
  7. Go
  8. Stand
  9. Smile
  10. Listen.

Action Verb Sentences 

  • I run faster than David.


  • He does it well.



  • She thinks about poetry all day long


Transitive Verbs

Transitive verbs are action verbs that always express doable activities that relate or affect someone or something else. 

In a sentence with a transitive verb, someone or something receives the action of the verb.

Transitive Verb Examples:

  1. Love
  2. Respect
  3. Tolerate
  4. Believe
  5. Maintain

The Transitive Sentences 

Deolu ate the cookies.

The transitive verb is ate, Deolu is the subject, because it is Deolu who is doing the eating, and the cookies are the direct object, because it is the cookies that are being eaten. Other examples:

He kicked John.

John punches him.

They sold the tickets.

Intransitive Verbs

Intransitive verbs are action verbs that always express doable activities. They are different from transitive verbs because there is no direct object following an intransitive verb.

Intransitive Verb Examples:

  1. Walk
  2. Laugh
  3. Cough
  4. Play
  5. Run

 Intransitive sentences 

We traveled to London.


The intransitive verb is traveled, the subject is we, because we are traveling, but London is not a direct object because London is not receiving the action of the verb. Other examples:

I sneeze in the morning.

He arrived with moments to spare.

Kathryn sat away from the others.

Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs are also known as helping verbs and are used together with a main verb to show the verb’s tense or to form a question or negative. 

Some common examples of auxiliary verbs include have, might, will. These auxiliary verbs give some meaning to the main verb, for example, letting the reader know when the action took place.

Auxiliary Verb Examples:

  1. Would
  2. Should
  3. Do
  4. Can
  5. Did
  6. Could
  7. May


Mention (3) ways to differentiate between an auxiliary and intransitive verbs. 

Reading Assignment

English Grammar, Book 6: Verbs and their types.

Weekend Assignment

List all the types of verbs and give two examples each.


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