Does Teenage Boredom Lead to Trouble

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Verb Song… Can you do it? Verbs  A verb is a word used to express action or a state of being. Categories: Helping or main verbs Main verbs are either action or linking verbs Action verbs are either transitive or intransitive  1) 2) 3) Helping Verbs  Helping verbs exist ONLY in a verb phrase and are ANY and ALL of the verbs that come BEFORE the main verb and “help” the main verb to make sense. Linking Verbs  A linking verb connects the subject to a word or word group that renames or describes the subject. Examples  The apple looks rotten.  “Looks” links the subject (apple) to the adjective (rotten): rotten = apple  John is one of the great scientists in our area.  “Is” links the subject (John) to the adjective (one): John = one  The flowers smell good.  “Smell” links the subject (flowers) to the adjective (good): flowers = good Linking Verbs  To find out if a verb is an action or linking verb substitute a form of be in for the verb. If the sentence still makes sense, it is usually a linking verb. If the sentence doesn’t make sense, it is usually an action verb.  Example: The ice cream tastes delicious.  Substitute a form of be: The ice cream is delicious.  Example: She tasted the ice cream.  Substitute a form of be: She is the ice cream. * {Forms of be and seem are always linking verbs.} Commonly Used Linking Verbs  Forms of Be: am are be been being is was were  Other Linking Verbs: appear grow seem stay become look feel remain smell sound taste turn Action vs. Linking Verbs  An action verb is a verb that expresses either physical or mental activity. Action vs. Linking Verb Examples  Joe plays baseball. Joe is baseball. (the sentence does not make sense …plays is an action verb )  The roses look pretty.  The roses are pretty. (the sentence makes sense, so it is a linking verb)  When a

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