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Verb Examples

Verb Examples

There are different kinds of verbs and forms of the verb. The examples of all that kinds and the forms of the verb are given below:

1. Examples of action 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)

2. Examples of linking verbs:

  • 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)

3. Examples of transitive & intransitive verb

The verb with an object is called a transitive verb


  • Rohan was painting the wall.
  • Reena cooked a sandwich.
  • Ram and Shyam were reading a book.
  • John sent an email to his friend.
  • Sunil opened the door.
  • I visited my friend.
  • Someone rang the door.
  • Rani keeps her things neatly.
  • We read in the morning.
  • He came here on Monday.

The verb without an object is called an intransitive verb.


  • He cries.
  • They sing and dance too.
  • Reena cooked.
  • Birds fly.
  • Rohan was painting.
  • The dog jumped.
  • He smiled.
  • The plane took off.
  • After dressing up, he left.
  • Ram and Shyam were reading.

4. Examples of causative verb

Causative verbs are verbs that cause something to happen. E.g., let, make, have, get, help, etc. examples of the causative verbs in the sentence are given below:

  • I made him laugh.
  • I shall make him laugh.
  • I get my shirt cleaned.
  • I have my shirt cleaned.
  • I had my shirt cleaned.
  • I got my shirt cleaned.
  • He let me go into the room.
  • My teacher allowed me to take the examination.
  • I helped him in doing yoga.

5. Examples of auxiliaries; is, am, are, was, were. These are used in the formation of continuous tense.

  • I was studying when my friend came home.
  • The children were playing in the park yesterday.
  • He is shopping with his friends at the moment.
  • I am going to paint this wall.
  • They were not talking when the teacher entered the classroom.
  • It is a very cold day today.
  • We are celebrating Tia's birthday.
  • The bird is building its nests.
  • I am doing my homework.
  • The boys were cleaning their bicycles.

6. Examples of auxiliaries do, does, did. These are used in the formation of negative and interrogative sentences of present indefinite and past indefinite tense.

  • Does she weak and thin?
  • Does the sun appear from behind the clouds?
  • Did Ramesh grow weak and thin after playing for a long time?
  • Do john and raj miss going for a swim in the lake?
  • Did this plumber fix the taps well?
  • Do they play badminton every evening?
  • Does he not read the storybook?
  • Do they not go for a swim?
  • Did she not watch television?
  • Does the plumber not fix the taps very well?

7. Examples of auxiliaries have, and had. These are used in the formation of perfect tenses.

  • Rohan has bought tickets for the show.
  • We have reached the station on time.
  • She had gone to Italy.
  • He has scored well on the test.
  • They have cooked the food today.
  • They have been working hard on the project.
  • He had been watching him for the last two years.
  • The boxer has been practicing since yesterday evening.
  • Children have been running around the garden since morning.
  • The Chinese had been preparing for a war for a long time.

8. Examples of the auxiliary have to. Have to is used with the infinitive to indicate obligation.

  • I have to be there by five o'clock.
  • He has to move the furniture himself.

9. Examples of past form auxiliary had to, is used to express obligation in the past.

  • I had to be there by five o'clock.
  • He had to move the furniture himself.

10. Examples of auxiliary shall/will. These are used in the formation of the future tense.

  • Ramesh and Gopal will eat these fruits later.
  • I shall understand this poem after reading it myself.
  • The plants will die if we don't water them regularly.
  • Will you deliver this parcel to the office tomorrow?
  • Shall I take my dog for a walk in the evening?
  • Shall she play in the park tomorrow?
  • They will come home for the summer vacation in May.
  • Will Suresh read this story to his sister tonight?
  • Will Suresh and Ramesh play football on Sunday?

11. Examples of modals auxiliary verb. Modal auxiliary verbs help express ideas, possibility, permission, necessity, etc.

  • The poet would sit by the river for hours.
  • I would do anything to please you.
  • I would like to have a cup of coffee.
  • Would you please help me with my homework?
  • We should respect our elders.
  • Should you miss the train, please call me.
  • You should read this book.
  • You shouldn't stay up late at night.
  • Shouldn't she have finished by now?
  • A camel can survive without water for several days.
  • You can't watch TV until you have finished your homework.
  • Can I borrow your book?
  • Could you please explain this again?
  • I could do it now if you want.
  • She may win the booker prize this year.
  • May you get all that you wish for!
  • May I have another cup of coffee, please?
  • You might try our new range of ovens.
  • Might we need more money for the project?
  • You must not cross the red signal.
  • Ramesh must consult a good doctor.
  • You must improve your spelling.
  • This publication ought to be very useful.
  • We ought to respect our elders.
  • I used to live in my village when I was young.
  • She used not to tell lies.
  • We need to be more careful about coronavirus.
  • Does he need to go now?
  • They don't need to go in informal uniforms.
  • How dare you come to my room?
  • He does not dare to go to a dark place.
  • She dared not to speak a lie.

12. Examples of prepositional verb

  • Thought is expressed by means of work.
  • You must keep on trying to succeed.
  • I gave up because I didn't know the answer.
  • In spite of the heavy rain, he didn't bring an umbrella.
  • The thief was given in when the police surrounded him.
  • The child got out of the house as the door was open.
  • He was hit by a car.
  • I have recently got over the flu.
  • He held up his head with pride.
  • He gets through his examination.
  • A long time has gone by since we last met.

13. Examples of phrasal verb

  • He will be brought to book for his misdeed.
  • Please send a reply to my letter by return of post.
  • By and large, this school is better than that.
  • Much of what you say is beside the point.
  • Terrorism is the burning question of the day.
  • Have you got any bosom friends?
  • From the top of the Goalghar, we can get a bird's - eye view of work well.
  • They always leave a cat-and-dog life.
  • A soldier must not be chicken-hearted.
  • There was a cold-blooded murder of a passer-by last night.

14. Examples of regular & irregular verb

Regular verbs follow a pattern to make their past and past participle form. They add the suffix 'ed' in the base form for the formation. Look at the examples of regular verbs given below:

Base form Past form Past participle form
lie lied lied
climb climbed climbed
prove proved proved
walk walked walked
Light Lighted Lighted
paint painted painted
laugh laughed laughed
flow flowed flowed
admire admired admired
close closed closed
achieve achieved achieved
Hang Hanged Hanged
Flee Fled Fled
Dream Dreamed Dreamed
Feed Fed Fed
Learn Learned Learned
Mislead Misled Misled
Prove Proved Proved
Quit Quitted Quitted
Saw Sawed Sawed
Smell Smelled Smelled
Shave Shaved Shaved
Spoil Spoiled Spoiled
Owe Owed Owed
Work Worked Worked

Irregular verbs do not follow the pattern. They take different ways to make past and past participle forms. Normally there are three ways:

  1. Verbs in all three forms are the same.
  2. Verbs in two forms are the same.
  3. Verbs are different in all forms.

Examples of all the three ways are given below:

i) All three forms are the same

Base form Past form Participle form
cut cut cut
let let let
put put put
set set set
read read read
cost cost cost
hurt hurt hurt
hit hit hit
bet bet bet
shut shut shut
spread spread spread
split split split
burst burst burst
Rid Rid Rid
Hurt Hurt Hurt
Cast Cast Cast
Knit Knit Knit

ii) Verb's two forms are the same

Base form Past form Participle form
win won won
tell told told
sit sat sat
make made made
sleep slept slept
think thought thought
stand stood stood
become became became
feed fed fed
get got got
hear heard heard
leave left left
pay paid paid
meet met met
hold held held
Beat Beat Beaten
find found found
have had had
lose lost lost
come came came
Catch Caught Caught
Seek Sought Sought
Bend Bent Bent
Bleed Bled Bled
Bring Brought Brought
Buy Bought Bought
Dwell Dwelt Dwelt
Feel Felt Felt
Fling Flung Flung
Hang Hung Hung
Kneel Knelt Knelt
Lay Laid Laid
Lend Lent Lent
Mean Meant Meant
Run Ran Ran
Say Said Said
Sell Sold Sold
Send Sent Sent
Shoot Shot Shot
Stink Stunk Stunk
Sweep Swept Swept
Swing Swung Swung
Teach Taught Taught
Understand Understood Understood
Weep Wept Wept
Wind Wound Wound
Withhold Withheld Withheld
Awake Awoke Awoke

iii) Verb's all forms are different

Base form Past form Participle form
Be (is, am, are) Was/were been
drink drank drunk
see saw seen
speak spoke spoken
write wrote written
Forgive forgave forgiven
Break Broke Broken
Arise Arose Arisen
Choose chose chosen
Give Gave Given
Know Knew Known
Go went Gone
Fall Fell Fallen
Freeze Froze Frozen
Grow Grew Grown
Bear Bore Born
Begin Began Begun
Blow Blew Blown
Break Broke Broken
Do Did Done
Ride Rode Ridden
Draw Drew Drawn
Drive Drove Driven
Eat Ate Eaten
Fall Fell Fallen
Fly Flew Flown
Forbid Forbade Forbidden
Forget Forgot Forgotten
Forgive Forgave Forgiven
Forsake Forsook Forsaken
Ring Rang Rung
Rise Rose Risen
Shake Shook Shaken
Show Showed Shown
Shrink Shrank Shrunk
Sing Sang Sung
Sink Sank Sunk
Slay Slew Slain
Sow Sowed Sown
Spring Sprang Sprung
Steal Stole Stolen
Stink Stank Stunk
Strew Strewed Strewn
Strive Strove Striven
Swear Swore Sworn
Swim Swam Swum
Take Took taken
Tear Tore Torn
Throw Threw Thrown
Wear Wore Worn
Weave Wove Woven

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