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Introduction to verbs

What is a verb? Verbs have a few different functions, but the main one is to express action. For example, in the sentence "the bear roars", "roars" is the verb. "Roars" is the action that the bear is doing. All sentences must contain at least one verb to be considered a complete sentence.

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- [Voiceover] Hello, grammarians. Today I'd like to introduce you to the verb, which is another part of speech. But I suppose the most fruitful place for us to begin is by asking, "What is a verb?" A verb is a part of speech that has a bunch of different functions, but one of its most important functions is that it can express or show action. Verbs can show action. In order to demonstrate this, I have brought along a little cartoon bear, and I'm going to use this bear in several sentences, each of which will contain a verb. Because all sentences contain verbs. So I'm gonna write a couple of sentences about the bear, and every time I use a verb, I'm gonna write it in yellow like that. Here we go. The bear roars. The bear runs. The bear sleeps. Now, each one of these words in yellow is a verb. Each one of them is an action, and this is the first thing that verbs can do. Verbs can show action in sentences. And, in fact, all sentences must contain verbs. You can learn anything. David out.