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The life of a sentence is in its verb. Finding the verb is the key to analyzing a sentence. Further, if you know how verbs work, you can make informed choices among verb forms as you write and revise. In this chapter you will learn that

  • a verb usually starts the section of a sentence that tells what’s happening—what someone or something is doing or being.
  • a verb can be a combination of a main verb plus one or more auxiliaries.
  • a verb usually splits open in a negative statement.
  • a verb gives clues about the time of an event.
  • verbs appear in four different forms, some of which slip into other sentence roles.
  • sentences can be combined by compounding their verbs.
Pages to be developed for this chapter:

1 Your writing
2 Doing and being
3 Single and string verbs
4 Split verbs
5 Time in verbs
6 Four forms
7 Non-verb behavior
8 Compounding verbs
9 Review and practice
10 Playing with structure
11 Return to your writing
12 Mastery Test

The first link on the left leads to the Writing page. The other pages are under development. For comments or questions, contact .