Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lesson 12 - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Verb phrases with two or more helping verbs always keep a definite order. Most helping verbs can combine with other helping verbs but will not combine with all of them. The examples below show good combinations.
 
has been said, will be said, could have been said, may have said, had been said

Instructions: Arrange the following helping verbs with the word in parentheses into a verb phrase. One of the helping verbs will not combine and must be left out.
Example: was, have, may (gone) = may have gone - was will not combine in this group.

1. am, will, being (fired)

2. been, could, does, have (learning)

3. might, do, have, been (sleeping)

4. must, were, be (discovered)

5. be, has, should (sold)


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Answers:

1. am being fired

2. could have been learning

3. might have been sleeping

4. must be discovered

5. should be sold

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Lesson 11 - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Not and its contracted form n't are never part of the verb.

Instructions: Pick out the verb phrases in these sentences.

1. The game will not be finished for another hour.

2. The horse shouldn't have been worked so much.

3. Wouldn't you give me another chance?


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Answers:

1. will be finished

2. should have been worked

3. would give

Not and n't are not part of the verb phrase. Verb phrases can have one, two or three helping verbs in them. 

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Quiz for Lessons 6-10 - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Instructions: List the verb phrases in the following sentences.

1. My wife is reading in the hammock under the tree.

2. The message can't be altered.

3. Somewhere a party is being planned.

4. Shouldn't I be a clown for Halloween?

5. I've run out of time.

Now write down as many of the twenty-three helping verbs as you can.


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Answers:

1. is reading

2. can be altered

3. is being planned

4. should be

5. 've (have) run

The twenty-three helping verbs are is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been, have, has, had, do, does, did, shall, will, should, would, may, might, must, can, and could.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Lesson 10 - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Sometimes verb phrases are separated by words called adverbs (we will learn more about adverbs in later lessons). Adverbs are often used with verbs; however, they are not considered part of the verb phrase.

Instructions: Find the verb phrases in the following sentences. Are the verbs action verbs or state of being verbs?

1. You have not helped your father today.

2. I will soon be home.

3. The child had suddenly choked on the food. 


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Answers:

1. have helped - action verbs

2. will be - state of being verbs

3. had choked - action verbs

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lesson 9 - Parts of Speech - Verbs

In sentences that are questions, the verb phrase is often separated by another word.

Instructions: Find the verb phrases in these sentences. Be sure to watch for another word separating the helping verb from the main verb.

1. Have you been driving long?

2. Where was the car parked?

3. Can I be of assistance?


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Answers:

1. have been driving

2. was parked

3. can be

The words separating the verb phrases are nouns and pronouns. This is very common in sentences that are questions. The first two verbs are action verbs, and the last verb is a state of being verb.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lesson 8 - Parts of Speech - Verbs

A helping verb may be connected with another word in a contracted form. The following sentences have verb phrases using contractions.

Instructions: Find the verb phrases in each sentence. Determine if the verb phases are action verbs or state of being verbs.

1. I've done it again.

2. You aren't going with us.

3. She's staying to tend the kids.


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Answers:

1. 've (have) done - Have is in contracted form.

2. are going - Are is connected to the contracted form of not.

3. 's (is) staying - Is is in contracted form.

All three verb phrases are action verbs.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lesson 7 - Parts of Speech - Verbs

The use of helping verbs causes certain changes in verb phrases that we need to be able to recognize. One change is the use of contractions (contractions are two or more words combined together with an apostrophe).

As mentioned before, it’s a good idea to memorize the helping verbs. If you haven’t memorized them, take a few minutes to learn them.

Group 1: is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been
Group 2: has, have, had
Group 3: do, does, did
Group 4: shall, will, should, would
Group 5: may, might, must, can, could

Instructions: List the contractions in the following sentences.

1. I've done it again.

2. You aren't going with us.

3. She's staying to tend the kids.


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Answers:

1. I’ve

2. aren’t

3. she’s

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Lesson 6 - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Instructions: Pick out the verb phrases in the following sentences. Watch for the helping verbs.

1. I can understand his concern.

2. She must have told you ten times.

3. We shall go tomorrow.

4. The wind was howling all night.


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Answers:
 
1. can understand
 
2. must have told
 
3. shall go
 
4. was howling

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Quiz for Lessons 1-5 - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Instructions: List the verbs or verb phrases in the sentences, and tell whether they are action verbs or state of being verbs. For extra credit, find the helping verbs.

1. Jim plays basketball.

2. They will return on the airplane.

3. Badger is a funny dog.

4. I have been here a long time.

5. I should have been playing the drum.

6. Go home.


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Answers:

1. plays - action

2. will return - action

3. is - linking or state of being

4. have been - state of being

5. should have been playing - action

6. go - action

The helping verbs are will, have, should, have, and been. The been in sentence 4 is not a helping verb because it is the main verb. The last verb in a verb phrase is always the main verb.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Lesson 5 - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Some of the helping verbs can be used alone as the main verb. Is, am, are, was, and were can be used alone as linking or state of being verbs. Has, have, had, do, does, and did always show action when used alone. Be, being, and been can be used with other verbs either to show action or state of being. The other helping verbs cannot be used alone but only as helping verbs.

Instructions: Find the verb or verb phrases in these sentences.

1. She has too many friends.

2. You do beautiful work.

3. I was in Canada last week.

4. You are being very stubborn.


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Answers:

1. has

2. do

3. was

4. are being

Has and do are action verbs, and was and are being are state of being verbs.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lesson 4 - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Sometimes a verb can be more than one word. When a verb is more than one word, it is called a verb phrase. Verb phrases can be two, three, or four words. Verb phrases are made by using auxiliary or helping verbs.

Instructions: What are the verb phrases in these sentences?

1. You are going to Seattle.

2. You have been resting too much.

3. We must be early.

4. I will be finished shortly.


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Answers:

1. are going

2. have been resting

3. must be

4. will be finished

These sentences all have what are called auxiliary or helping verbs. I will refer to them as helping verbs. There are twenty-three (23) helping verbs that should be memorized since they are used so often. If you will memorize them, it will make knowing and understanding verbs much easier. They are usually grouped in the following five groups:

Group 1: is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been
Group 2: has, have, had
Group 3: do, does, did
Group 4: shall, will, should, would
Group 5: may, might, must, can, could

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lesson 3 - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Instructions: Pick out the verbs in these sentences and tell whether they are action verbs or linking verbs.

1. Suddenly someone sneezed loudly.

2. There are holes in my shirt.

3. He appears happy.

4. The image appeared in the mirror.


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Answers:

1. sneezed

2. are

3. appears

4. appeared

Sneezed and appeared are action verbs. Are and appears are linking or state of being verbs. Some verbs like appear can be either action or linking verbs. It depends on whether it shows action or not. Appears above is like saying seems which shows no action while appeared above shows the action of the image.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lesson 2 - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Instructions: Find the verbs in these sentences. These verbs will be state of being verbs.

1. My uncle is a pilot.

2. The pie looks good.

3. You seem upset.


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Answers:

1. is

2. looks

3. seem

These verbs are state of being or linking verbs. Some common linking verbs are is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been, seem, look, feel, and become. They do not show action. They just show that something exists.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Lesson 1 - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Verbs are the most important words in a sentence. Verbs are the first of the eight parts of speech that we will be studying. Most verbs are action words, but a few verbs indicate state of being or existence. The first lessons will be about verbs, and how they are recognized and used.

Instructions: Find the verbs in the following sentences. They are action verbs.

1. The wolf ran across the sand.

2. Sit down.

3. The dog barked at the man.


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Answers:

1. ran

2. sit

3. barked

All three verbs are action verbs since they show action. Action verbs are the most common verbs.

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