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    Mrs. LaFrance's Notes about Verbs

    Action

    The captain sailed the ship.

    Linking

    The Sahara is a desert.

    Helping

    Mary can play the game.

     

    Action Verbs describe the action of a noun or pronoun.

     (visible action)

    sail

    rip 

    swim 

    smile 

    cried 

    (mental action)

     think

    remember

    hope

    decide

    Linking Verbs connect a noun or pronoun with a word that describes or renames the noun or pronoun.

    Mary is pretty.    Mary <--- pretty

    is   am   are   was   were   be    being   been    appears becomes   feels   grows    looks     remains    seems    sounds 

    stays     tastes

    Helping Verbs are a verb or verbs added to the main verb to form a verb phrase.

    David is ---> playing golf.  ("is playing") or ("had been ----> playing)

    is     am   are   was   were

    be    being     been     can    could

    do   does     did

    has    have    had

    may    might   must

    shall    should

    will     would