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Understand Verbs, Helping Verbs, Linking verbs, Irregular Verbs &
List of Conjugation of Verbs (Three forms of Verbs)

Verbs are used with special rules for telling for something happens / happened /will happen - in present, in the past, or the future. Here is a list of examples for each verb tense using the verb take. You may try putting other verbs in the place of take.

Present tense ? I/you/we/they - take, he/she/it takes

Past Tense ? I/you/he/she/it/we/they - took

Future Tense - I/you/he/she/it/we/they will - take

Present Perfect Tense ? I/you/he/she/it/we/they have - broken

Past Perfect Tense ? I/you/he/she/it/we/they had - broken

Future Perfect Tense ? I/you/he/she/it/we/they will have - broken

Helping verbs do not stand alone or express action. They are part of verb phrases that "help" the main verb. Helping verbs define the tense (past, present, future) or change the meaning of the main verb. A few examples are:

He is playing

He was playing

He may be playing

He can come

They may come

They will be smiling

The commonly-used helping verbs are :

maymightmustbe beingbeen
amareiswasweredo
doesdidshouldcould wouldhave
hadhaswillcanshall

Linking verbs do not show action. Instead, they connect nouns and pronouns to other information in the sentence. Here are some examples:

My sister is smart.

The picture appeared blurry.

Your supper smells delicious.

The most common linking verbs are listed here:

amarearebeingappear
bebecomefeelgetgrow
have/has been islielookmight be
might have beenproveremainseemsit
smellstaytasteturnwere

Irregular Verbs are verbs that don't follow the rules for changing tense. The best way to understand irregular verbs is to practice and memorize them.

Here are some common examples shown in the present/past/past participle:

The dog wants to bite me.

The dog bit me.

The dog has bitten me.

My arm hurts.

I hurt my arm yesterday.

I have hurt my arm before.

Conjugation of Verbs (Three forms of Verbs)

Verb conjugation refers to how a verb changes to show a different person, tense, number or mood. A

Conjugated verb is verb which has been changed to communicate one or more of the following: person, number, gender, tense, aspect, mood, or voice (active or passive voice).


Present TensePast TensePast ParticiplePresent Participle
AbideAbode/AbidedAbode/Abided/AbiddenAbiding
AbuseAbusedAbusedAbusing
ActActedActedActing
AddAddedAddedAdding
AdmireAdmiredAdmiredAdmiring
AdviseAdvisedAdvisedAdvising
AlightAlit/AlightedAlit/AlightedAlighting
AllowAllowedAllowedallowing
AnswerAnsweredAnsweredAnswering
ApearAppearedAppearedAppearing
AppointAppointedAppointedAppointing
AriseAroseArisenArising
ArrestArrestedArrestedArresting
ArriveArrivedArrivedArriving
AskAskedAskedAsking
AttackAttackedAttackedAttacking
AwakeAwokeAwokeAwaking
BakeBakedBakedBaking
BarkBarkedBarkedBarking
BatheBathedBathedBathing
BeWas, WereBeenBeing
BearBoreBornBearing
BeatBeatBeatenBeating
BecomeBecameBecomeBecoming
BegBeggedBeggedBegging
BeginBeganBegunBeginning
BehaveBehavedBehavedBehaving
BeholdBeheldBeheldBeholding
BelieveBelievedBelievedBelieving
BendBentBentBending
BetBetBetBetting
BidBadeBiddenBidding
BindBoundBoundBinding
BiteBitBittenBiting
BleedBledBledBleeding
BlessBlessedBlessedBlessing
BlowBlewBlownBlowing
BoastBoastedBoastedBoasting
BoilBoiledBoiledBoiling
BorowBrorowedBorrowedBorrowing
BreakBrokeBrokenBreaking
BreedBredBredBreeding
BringBroughtBroughtBringing
BroadcastBroadcast/BroadcastedBroadcast/BroadcastedBroadcasting
BuildBuiltBuiltBuilding
BurnBurntBurntBurning
BurstBurstBurstBursting
BustBustBustBusting
BuyBoughtBoughtBuying










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