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Main Verb

Main verbs are also called lexical verbs or action verbs. It tells us about an action, occurrence, or state. The main verb forms the main part of the predicate of a sentence. In other words, it is a word that tells something about a person or thing. It tells us about an action that is what a person or thing does, an occurrence that is what is done to a person or thing, a state of being that is what a person or thing is, and belongings that means the ownership.

Main Verb

To understand it more clearly, have a look at the below examples:

i) What a person, thing, or animal does is action.


  • Rohan drives the car.
  • He will help the poor with money.
  • The birds build their nest.
  • The clock strikes at 10.
  • We celebrate our friend's birthday.

ii) What a person, thing, or animal is. (being)


  • The dog is
  • Ajay is an intelligent
  • Students are good at mathematics.
  • The spider was tiny and black.
  • The house is very big and beautiful.

iii) What a person, thing, or animal has (belongings/possession)


  • I have a new laptop.
  • They have their own house.
  • That tree is the house of monkeys
  • The house has all necessary materials.
  • The lion has a beautiful mane.

Further, the main verb is divided into two parts action verb and linking verb.

Action verb: It describes the physical and mental action. It tells us what a person, thing, or animal does (action). E.g., Eat, drink, jump, think, feel, fall and walk.

Examples of action verbs in sentences

  • Children play in the garden.
  • Anu eats food slowly.
  • Monkey jumps on the tree.
  • The sun rises in the east and set in the west.
  • The earth revolves around the sun.
  • The committee decides how to proceed.
  • The team runs during practice.
  • The coach agrees that I should practice more.
  • You must finish the work by 4 pm
  • They submit their paper on time.
  • The postman delivers letters regularly.
  • She solves the sum quickly.
  • Sharma teaches us English.
  • I owe him thirty thousand rupees.
  • Miska told me an interesting story.

Linking verb: It connects the subject with a compliment. Linking verbs are verbs that denote a fact about a person or thing instead of telling us what that person or thing does. The linking verbs are 'to be', 'to become', and 'to seem' forms of the verb. There are some more linking verbs include; appear, become, feel, get, go, grow, keep, look, prove, remains, seem, smell, taste, and turn.


  • Sky is (Here, 'is' is the linking verb that links the subject 'sky' with the complement 'blue').
  • It seems (here 'seems' is the linking verb that connects the subject 'it' with the complement 'absurd')
  • He became a famous doctor. (here 'became' is linking verb)

Some more examples are as follow:

  • All the children seem satisfied with the bouncy castle.
  • George felt sleepy after eating the whole pizza.
  • The cinnamon rolls taste
  • Anthony had a dream.
  • The spectator remained silent after the injury on the field.
  • He became suspicious when he saw the safe was open
  • Rohan and his friend were
  • The food smelled
  • She looks very pretty.
  • He gets angry with his sister.
  • His plan sounds
  • Verma has a new car.

Some more examples of the main verbs

  • I designed a rainbow in the sky. (designed)
  • Rohan's brother scattered all his toys. (scattered)
  • The committee works hard to improve the schools. (works)
  • Here, into the main ring of the circus, comes the trained elephant. (comes)
  • Either the worker or the boss delivers the items. (delivers)
  • Virat Kohli scored a double century in the last match against Sri Lanka. (scored)
  • The tiger was chasing a wild buffalo. (chasing)
  • People have been standing in the queue since morning. (standing)
  • Rani and Sita cook delicious food. (cook)
  • Rohan visited his grandfather in the village. (visited)
  • Dogs are man's best friends. (are)
  • The library is next to the principal's office. (is)
  • I am your leader. (am)
  • The cake looks so delicious. (look)
  • The weather was quite clear yesterday. (was)
  • Good bookstalls are near the city. (are)
  • Ajay is a very good student. (is)
  • The crops grow in the field. (grow)
  • I feel very hungry at lunchtime. (feel)
  • I want to become a responsible citizen and a social worker. ( become, and)

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