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Verbs Definition with Examples


What is a verb definition?

        1.    A verb is a word that is used to show any action or activity that happens for a purpose.

The teachers teach the students in school.

We go to school to study.

The employees make the owner rich.

The above written sentences are some examples of the verbs. I have underlined them so that these can be vividly identified at once easily.

        2.    There is a simple Verb Definition for kids that the verbs are the words which are known as doing words or action words.


    Run, come, dance, Study, type, understand, etc. are some examples of verbs.

        3.    A verb is a word which we use to show anger, mood, choice, likes, dislikes, urgency, responsibility, duty or any other activity.

    Hurt, harm, romance, dance, dine, like, choose, hate, disapprove, refuse, work, earn, fulfill, run, walk, or learn.

The above mentioned lines show Verb definition and examples for you to learn it at ease.

Verbs and types

The actions verbs are mainly divided into two parts just as shown in the below table.

Types of Verbs

1.    Finite

2.    Non Finite


In this post you are going to learn the first type of verbs which is Finite verbs. This verb is the most important verb. This type of verbs are mainly used in the sentences we use for our daily conversation.


Finite Verbs

Auxiliary Verbs


Main Verbs


Primary Auxiliary


Transitive Verbs


Modal Auxiliary


Intransitive Verbs


Semi Model Auxiliary


Causative Verbs


You may have heard your teacher saying action verbs and helping verbs. You should not worry about these things because if you missed them in the class, you will have these things at your finger’s tips when you have gone through this post with concentration.

Auxiliary Verbs : This auxiliary word can seem strange to you but this is not in reality. According to the grammar the helping verbs are called auxiliary verbs hence it is clear to you hopefully about the auxiliary verbs.

Now let’s start with the auxiliary verbs which are very crucial to in English language.

        1.    Primary Auxiliaries: There are some verbs in the English language which we use as an action verb as well as an auxiliary verb too these types of verbs are called primary auxiliary verbs.

Have : has, have, had, having

Do :- do, does, did,

Be           :- is, am, are, was, were, shall be, will be, being, been


These are the primary auxiliary verbs in English. You can use them as both an action verb and a helping verb.

Let’s see some examples for a better explication in this regard.


As a helping verb

1.    I have already completed my work.

2.    She has submitted the project but the teacher was absent that day.

3.    All the students had entered the class before the bell rang.

4.    Having been trained by the expert of Harvard University, he achieved success.

In the above sentences ‘Have’ is used as a helping verb with its form. You can easily recognize it

Because there is an action verb in the past participle form just after the forms of ‘Have’.

As an action verb

        1.    The manager has a meeting just after the recess with an engineer.

        2.    We are having dinner, can’t talk to you currently.

        3.    I had a face to face talk with Neha long ago at the bus stop.

        4.    The students have exams in the upcoming month.

Here the ‘Have’ is used as an action verb as there is no other action verb used in the sentences after ‘Have’ forms.

Do as an action verb

He does tough questions hence he gets late.

They did as they were informed.

I do what my heart says.

Do as a helping verb

 He does not want to study.

They do not listen to their parents.

I did not accept her proposal to be an investor in her dream project.

Be as an action verb

     They are my best business parts as yet.

     She was the best chief in her batch.

     Mr. Vinod is always present for his friends.

     Rakesh will be here to be with me.

Be as a helping verb

   The students are preparing themselves to crack the JEE mains.

  I was teaching the students hence couldn’t pick up your call.

  Rohit will be coming here to learn English.

Main verbs : These are the words show an occurrence for an action or an activity.

There are some important points about the main verbs that you must ponder before you proceed your learning verbs

        1.    These are also called principal verbs.

        2.    These can be used as an independent verb or a dependent verb.

      3.    They have various forms which we need to learn and use each of them differently according to the time and tenses like the present, past and the future tense.

This was all about the types of verbs and examples. I hope that now you are able to distinguish between the helping verbs and action verbs easily. We will learn rest parts in the upcoming article.

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