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English - S2 Homework (Advanced) Types of Verbs 1

S2 English homework. Exercise 2.

Types of Verbs 1

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The basic definition of a verb is that it is a word that describes an action or a state of being. We can, however, separate verbs into several different types.

Auxiliary Verbs An auxiliary verb is a verb that we use to ‘help' the main verb in a sentence. E.g. I am eating dinner or I should be going home. Auxiliary verbs are: is, are, was, were, may, might, should, would, will, shall, can, could, do, did, had, have, has.

Regular verbs These always follow the same pattern when changing from present to past or future tenses.

E.g. Present tense        Past tense        Future tense

       I watch                I watched         I will watch

Irregular verbs these do not follow the above pattern. Instead, in the past tense the whole verb changes in some way.

E.g. Present tense       Past tense

I buy                   I bought

I eat                   I ate

I fly                   I flew

Task: Write down the auxiliary verbs in the following sentences.

1.  I am having a party next weekend.

2.  You should have waited on me.

3.  You did not eat all your dinner.

4.  He would help if he could.

5.  The house will be ready tomorrow.

Separate the following verbs into regular and irregular.

1. to drive        2. to go        3. to finish        4. to jump

5. to walk        6. to choose  7. to laugh        8. to swim

9. to write      10. to run      11. to play        12. to forget

Mrs D. Thomson