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Verbs - Chapter Summary
This chapter covers the ins and outs of verbs. Start off with some basic definitions of verbs and how they function in a sentence before getting into the details of various kinds of verbs and irregular uses of verbs. End the chapter with a discussion of errors in verb usage to help you identify mistakes in sample excerpts. The topics covered in this chapter include:
- Verb definitions and verb types (action, linking, transitive, etc.)
- Participle and infinitive verb forms
- Conditional and subjunctive verb moods
- Subject-verb agreement
- Verb tense-subject agreement
- Complex subject-verb agreement and common errors
Each video is less than 10 minutes long and includes fun and entertaining graphics. Real-life examples help you cement the ideas in your mind. Check out the lesson transcript to see important terms highlighted for quick reference. You can also take the quizzes and tests to help you identify your strengths and weakness and then return to the specific points giving you trouble in videos using the handy video tags.
1. What is a Verb? - Definition & Conjugation
In this lesson, you'll learn what a verb is and how to conjugate verbs correctly to make your writing more interesting. Take a look at some examples to help you understand verb conjugation.
2. 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.
3. What is a Transitive Verb? - Definition & Examples
This lesson covers transitive verbs. Learn how to define and identify these kinds of verbs with the aid of examples, and discover the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs. Then take a quiz to test your understanding.
4. Intransitive Verb: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we'll review the definition of a verb. Then, we'll look closer at action verbs and the two main types of these action verbs. Finally, you will be able to determine the difference between a transitive verb and an intransitive verb.
5. What are Helping Verbs? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will look at helping, or auxiliary, verbs and their roles in sentences. As the name indicates, helping verbs assist in making verbs complete, and they help with sentence meaning.
6. Active Verbs: Definition & Examples
Whether in resumes, fiction, or essays, the best way to convey meaning is to use active verbs. In this lesson, we will learn why using active verbs is important to great writing and how to recognize the difference between active and passive verbs.
7. 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.
8. Gerunds: Are They Verbs? Are They Nouns?
Take a closer look at the verbs and nouns we use in everyday language to help you understand gerunds. Watch this video lesson to learn the exact nature of gerunds and their purpose in writing.
9. 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.
10. Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns
Subject-verb agreement is a tricky beast. Learn which uncommon singular and plural nouns and pronouns are most likely to trip you up when trying to craft essays with good grammar.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases
Learn how subject-verb agreement is essential to written language. Three common problems with subject-verb agreement are discussed with tips for avoiding the most common errors.
14. 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.
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