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Classification of Verbs

Classification of Verbs

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Classification of Verbs
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Lexical Verb or Main Verb:
A main verb is also known as a lexical verb. The main verb in a verb phrase is the word that expresses theactivity, event and feeling etc. that is being described in the sentence. All main verbs are either actionverb or linking verbs.He
football.Sumeet is
a novel.
Action Verb:
A verb may describe an action or activity, or an event or happening. The word 'verb' comes fromLatin word - 'verbum' means word. An action verb may equally describe a mental process such asthinking, knowing or wanting:Remember, forget, fear, suspect, wonder, need.An action verb may also describe something that happens to a person or thing: Get, receive and sustainetc.To find out the action verb in a sentence, ask yourself which word describes what someone or somethingis doing or thinking or what is happening. There are two kinds of action verb:i) Transitive Verbii) Intransitive Veb
Transitive Verb:
A lexical verb that has a direct object is a transitive verb. Some transitive verbs have both a direct objectand an indirect object. Transitive comes from Latin word 'transire' meaning 'to go across'. The action of the verb 'goes across' from the subject of the verb to the direct object of the verb: e.g.I
cows.It is further divided into three classes.
Mono transitive verbs:
Mono transitive verbs have only one object, a direct object.For example: I
the answer.
Di transitive verbs:
Di transitive verbs have two objects, a direct object and an indirect object.I
him (indirect) the answer. (direct)
Complex Transitive Verbs:
Complex transitive verbs have a direct object and a complement (a word or phrase that says somethingabout the direct object.)They have
their house purple. (complement)I will
you wrong.
Intransitive Verb:
A lexical verb that has neither a complement nor a direct object is an intransitive verb. All intransitive berbs are action verbs. e.g. :My brother never 
in the house.Some verb can be transitive, intransitive and linking verbs.She could
the smoke. (Transitive Verb)The rose
sweet. (Linking verb)Your feet
. (intransitive)
Linking Verb:
Some verbs don't describe actions, thoughts, events etc. but are used in description of what someone or something is or what they are like. Such verbs are known as linking verb. It is also known as an intensiveverb or a copula, a Latin word, meaning 'link' between subject and complement. The main linking verbsin English are:Appear, be, become, feel, get, grow, keep, look, make, prove, remain, seem, smell, sound, stay, taste andturn etc. e. g.The soup
good.The verbs appear, prove and seem are often followed by to be.She was proved to be wise.
Auxiliary Verb:
An auxiliary verb is a verb that is used along with a main verb to make different tenses or to express ideassuch as possibility, necessity and permission. There are two kinds of these verbs:
Primary auxiliaries
:- be, have and do. They can act both as lexical verbs and as auxiliary verb:I have a new car.I have bought a new car.
Modal auxiliaries
:-can, could, may, might, will, would, shall, should and must. They are followed by bare infinitive whereasLexical verbs are followed by to infinitives:I want to know what happened.I do like ice cream.We should work hard.
Reflexive Verb:
When the object of a transitive verb is a reflexive pronoun such as himself, myself or ourselves, the verbis sometimes called a reflexive verb. It comes from Latin word 'reflectere' means 'to bend back'. Theaction of the verb 'bends back' to the subject of the verb, that is to say, it is something that the subject of the verb does to himself or herself.He warmed himself at the fire.Have you ever asked yourself that question?
Performative Verb:
These verbs describe actions that are actually performed by using the verb itself in a sentence (such as promise, swear, apologize, thank, confess. e.g.I
I will do there.I
to speak the truth.I
for the delay.We
you for your recent letter.I
I had forgotten all about our arrangement to meet up with them.
Strong Verb:
Verbs that form their past tenses and past participles by changing the vowel of the stem or byadding -n are called strong verbs.Arise arose arisen,
Weak Verb:
Verbs that form their past tenses and past participles by adding -ed, -d and -t are known as weak verb.
Phrasal verb:
A phrasal verb is an expression that consists of lexical verbs plus an adverb or a preposition or both anadverb and a preposition.
With adverb:
away, back, by, down, off, on and out. For example:Sit downGo away
Get back 
the papers.
With prepositions:
At, by, for, into, of, on and with. For example:He
broke into
the house.What are you
looking for
With adverb and prepositions:
Put up with, run out of, go in for, do away with. The adverbs (up, out, in, along, through, away)always precede the prepositon (such as with, of , for).I can't
put up with
you.I have
run out of 
money.If the direct object is a noun or noun phrase, it may stand either behind or in front of the adverb.e.g. Hand over 
the money
. or Hand
the money
over.If the direct object is a pronoun, it must come between the verb and the adverb. e.g.Of course, we'll come and see
off at the station.An indirect object always comes between the verb and the adverb. e.g.

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