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Introduction to verbs

Let's explore what verbs are, and what they do! David, KA's Grammar Fellow, explains.

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  • duskpin sapling style avatar for user Kat
    does a three word sentence always need a verb?
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    • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user Polina Vitić
      "Of course not." <---(see, no verb!!)

      Actually, the answer is Yes: by definition, a complete sentence must include a verb. Often - especially in spoken English - you may find sentence fragments that do not contain verbs.

      But even a three-word sentence is not a complete sentence if it doesn't have a verb. So my example ("Of course not") is just a fragment, not an actual sentence.

      Hope this helps!
      (49 votes)
  • male robot hal style avatar for user Paul Shepherd
    You say all sentences contain a verb - but I can think of one that doesn't:
    "The bear dreams at night."
    I am just learning, and this video is my current progress. So I suspect I am wrong - my goal is that someone can understand what I am thinking and show me how I should be thinking instead - if I am indeed wrong in how I current think of it. Thanks.
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    • blobby green style avatar for user Bek
      The word 'dreams' is both a noun and a verb depending on how you use it!

      I had a weird dream last night. He had a weird dream last night. In this case, 'dream' is a noun and 'had' is the verb.

      The bear dreams at night. The bear couldn't stop dreaming last night. In this case, 'dreams' and 'dreaming" is a verb because the bear is actively dreaming.
      (21 votes)
  • purple pi teal style avatar for user Grace
    Is there any way to take a noun and then change it into a verb?
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user stevenviv
    is there any possible sentence that does not contain a verb?
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  • male robot donald style avatar for user Tobi bayo
    How those this help me know what a verb is?
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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user Tiffany #Doggy Lover 🐶
    Why do all sentences have to have a verb?
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    ⠀⠀⠀⠉⠛⠛⠿⠿⠶⠶⠶⠶⠶⠿⠿⠿⠟⠛⠛⠋⠉⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠉⠉⠛⠛⠻⠿⠿⠿⠶⠶⠶⠶⠶⠾⠿⠛⠛⠋⠁please upvote
    (6 votes)
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  • marcimus purple style avatar for user Zelly B
    I am unsure if I understand how verbs work can someone help me understand verbs, please?
    (4 votes)
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  • blobby green style avatar for user dcabrera
    in one sentense can there be more then one verb
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  • starky ultimate style avatar for user Vedhiryan Bunga
    Does every sentence need a Verb?
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Video transcript

- [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.