Ch 4: Verbs & Verbals

About This Chapter

The Verbs & Verbals chapter of this English Grammar: Help & Review course is the simplest way to master verbs & verbals. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of verbs & verbals.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering verbs & verbals material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn verbs & verbals. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to work with the various types of verb forms, tenses and moods
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning English grammar (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about verbs & verbals
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra English grammar learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Verbs & Verbals chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Verbs & Verbals chapter exam to be prepared.
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  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a verbs & verbals unit of a standard English grammar course. Topics covered include:

  • Auxiliary, action and linking verbs
  • Verb forms
  • Gerunds
  • Verbal functions
  • Verb voice, types of mood, mood and voice shifts
  • Tenses, subject-verb agreement, common errors
  • Conditional, indicative, imperative and interrogative and subjunctive moods
  • Using phrasal and idiomatic verbs
  • Irregular adverbs

12 Lessons in Chapter 4: Verbs & Verbals
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

1. Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

Do you think that a verb is just a verb? Check out this lesson to learn about the differences among action verbs, linking verbs, and auxiliary/helping verbs.

Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives

2. Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives

Using verbs correctly involves knowing more than just how to express action in a sentence. This lesson will show you a few special types of verb forms - infinitives, present participles, and past participles - as well as how to use them.

Gerunds: Verbs That End in -ing

3. Gerunds: Verbs That End in -ing

What is a gerund, and how are gerunds used? In this lesson, we'll go over how to spot a gerund and the different ways they're used by identifying them through examples and discussing their four forms.

Functions of Verbals: Gerunds, Participles, and Infinitives

4. Functions of Verbals: Gerunds, Participles, and Infinitives

Sometimes verbs are cleverly masked as different parts of speech and are known as 'verbals.' In this lesson, we will learn the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, and infinitives) and look at how they operate in different types of sentences.

Verbs in Indicative, Imperative, Interrogative, Conditional & Subjunctive Moods

5. Verbs in Indicative, Imperative, Interrogative, Conditional & Subjunctive Moods

Every sentence communicates a mood. If someone is ordering you to do something, he or she is using an imperative sentence. Find out how to identify and use indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional and subjunctive moods in this lesson.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

6. Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

Learn all about verb tense and subject-verb agreement in our first lesson on this tricky topic. We'll look at examples to help you understand this concept.

Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

7. Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

It's important that the subject and verb in every sentence agree in number. While it's often easy to make this happen, there are a few situations in which it can be tricky to achieve subject-verb agreement. This lesson explains how you can be sure to pair the right verb with a subject.

Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

8. Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

In order to identify verb tense errors, you'll need to learn about the six verb tenses and how they differ. Once you know how to look for them, problematic shifts in verb tenses can be spotted and avoided easily.

Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

9. Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

If a person's attitude or tone of voice is constantly changing, he or she can be hard to read or understand. This can be applied to how we write. To communicate clearly, we need to recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.

Using Verbs in the Conditional and Subjunctive Moods

10. Using Verbs in the Conditional and Subjunctive Moods

In this lesson, we will learn how to use the conditional and subjunctive moods (or modes). We will also practice them through several examples and distinguish between present and past subjunctive.

How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

11. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.

Irregular Adverbs in English: Definition & Examples

12. Irregular Adverbs in English: Definition & Examples

Irregular adverbs can be tricky. Sometimes they take different spelling on their endings or irregular forms that look like adjectives. In this lesson, you will learn the spelling rules as well as irregular forms.

Chapter Practice Exam
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