Verbs COW Bell Monday: Concept Verbs indicate whether events are taking place in the past, present, or future. Verbs also express action. Types of verbs: Action Verbs: Tells what action someone or something is performing. Example: The swans float gracefully on the water. (Float tells us what the swans are doing). Linking Verbs: Are verbs that connect a subject with a word that describes or identifies it. Example: He is a general for the Army. (Is links “he” and “general”). Helping Verbs: Are placed before other verbs to form verb phrases. The helping verbs are: be, do, have, will, and can Example: has opened, will have opened, could have opened, is being opened (all forms of “have”, each has a different meaning). Tuesday: Practice Identify the action verb in each of the following sentences. 1. Most people consider slavery the chief cause of the Civil War. 2. My father waited at the station for the train. Tuesday: Answers 1. Consider 2. Waited Wednesday: Practice Identify the linking verb in each of the following sentences. 1. The winners were Tony and I. 2. He looks tired from all the studying. Wednesday: Answers 1. Were 2. Looks Thursday: Practice For each of the following sentences identify the helping and main verbs. 1. The year 1913 has been called the “glorious year of flying.” 2. After World War II, the airline industry would become prosperous. 3. This invention would soon influence the airline industry. Thursday: Answers 1. Helping: has been, main: called 2. Helping: would, main: become 3. Helping: would, main: influence Friday: Assessment Identify the verb in each sentence and label it: action, helping, or linking. 1. Most people consider an education a necessity in life. 2. The race for president was a long campaign. 3. More people should have been encouraged to do their homework.