A verb is one of the parts of speech (one of the easier ones to spot in my opinion). The easiest way to describe verbs is by calling them ‘a doing word’. It involves an action. This action can be physical, mental, or state of being (overall physical condition of a person). For example:

  • Physical actions include: to eat, to walk, to swim, to play
  • Mental actions include: to consider, to remember, to think, to wonder
  • State of being include: to be (in all tenses), to appear, to exist

examples of verbs in use​

Here are a few examples of common verbs in action.

verb examples - cook
verb examples - cry
verb examples - eat
verb examples - lift
verb examples - relax
verb examples - sleep
verb examples - steal
verb examples - swim

verb ‘to be’​​​

One of the most frequently used verbs is the verb ‘to be’. It’s not an action verb but a state of being. The function of ‘to be’ is to describe a subject. If you learn one thing today, let it be the following table. It’s the foundation for basic speech and writing. Once you’ve cracked it, you’re well on your way.

​I’ve thrown in a few examples for you too.

verb to be table
verb to be example
verb to be example
verb to be example
verb to be example

types of verbs

Once you’ve learnt the verb ‘to be’, It’s time to move on to the other types of verbs. We know that verbs can be categorised as physical, mental, or state of being…

state and action verbs

Now, it’s time to categorise them further…​

​​There are quite a few of them for you to master. Make your way through the headings below and get learning.