Parts of Speech: VERBS

What is a verb? A verb is a word that shows action. Here are some verbs:

(photo by WT instructor Jaimie Newsome)

WALK                    (photo by WT instructor Jaimie Newsome)

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COOK                   (photo by WT instructor JLN)







SLEEP (photo by WT instructor JLN)

SLEEP              (photo by WT instructor JLN)

DRIVE (photo by WT instructor JLN)

DRIVE               (photo by WT instructor JLN)













“Be” is also a verb (I am, you are, etc.)

Verbs change by time and person. By time, you can say, “I walk” (present), “I am walking” (present continuous), “I walked” (past), “I will walk” (future), “I would walk” (conditional) “I have walked” (present perfect), etc. etc. etc. For a full list of English tenses (time), click here or here.

Some languages change verbs, depending on each person. For example, “go” in French: “Je vais, tu vas, il va, nous allons, vous allez, ils vont.” Every verb is different by every person.


But in English, there are only two forms of changing the verb.

I, You, We, and They are the same. He, She, and It are the same.

For example: I, you, we, they –> go           He, she, it –> goes

In the present tense, you put an -s on 3rd person singular verbs. (You can read more posts about present tense here and here.)

(photo by Kathy Stafford)

(photo by Kathy Stafford)


  • I am from North Carolina.
  • I live in Raleigh now.
  • I love my sister.


  • My sister is from North Carolina, too.
  • She lives in Indiana now.
  • She loves me, too!




You can practice the present tense here. Enjoy!


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