What is a Verb - Basic English Grammar Tutorial

View on Youtube


Welcome to twominenglish.com. Teaching you English through two-minute lessons.

This lesson will help you learn what a verb is and how to identify it properly.


Tim: Hello everyone. In today’s lesson we will discuss verbs and how to identify them.

Ken: If I am correct, a verb is the word that shows action in a sentence.

Tim: That’s great, Ken! You have described a verb correctly. In my sentence, ‘Described’ is the main verb.

Ken: Verbs are also used to indicate a state of being or existence. Can you give an example for that?

Tim: Why not? My name is Timothy Simons. Here, ‘Is’ is the verb which denotes my existence and who I am.

Ken: You gave us a wonderful example, Tim! I am confused about what to give my son for his birthday.

Tim: I gave you an example. ‘Gave’ is a verb. You are ‘confused’. Confused is a verb. You want to ‘give’ something to your son. ‘Give’ is a verb. Now tell me. What does your son like to do?

Ken: He loves painting with watercolors.

Tim: He ‘loves’ thus ‘loves’ is a verb. Great example, Ken. Why don’t you give him a set of watercolors?

Ken: Hmm... ‘Give’ him a set of watercolors? In this sentence ‘give’ shows the action, so it is the verb, isn’t it?

Tim: That’s right, Ken! Now you’ve understood the basic principle of verbs, and yes, the action is of understanding, so ‘understood’ is the verb in my sentence.

Ken: Great! Now let’s see some conversations with more examples of verbs!

Bad News.

Hannah: Daisy, did you check the morning newspaper?

Daisy: No. What happened?

Hannah: There has been a horrible plane crash.

Daisy: That’s too bad! Did everyone get out safe?

Hannah: I hope so, the recovery squad is still working hard.

Daisy: Okay, let’s switch on the news channel and stay updated.

Down with Fever.

Daisy: Pete, where is Nancy?

Pete: She is ill. She can’t come to work today.

Daisy: Oh! What happened?

Pete: She has a fever and a headache.

Daisy: Okay, did you tell her to rest and drink plenty of fluids?

Pete: I did. If her temperature does not drop by the evening, I’ll be taking her to the doctor.

Daisy: That is a wise decision. Take care of her.

0 Comments. Add comment

Leave your comment here

We welcome your valuable suggestions,comments and queries. We definitely would give our best of the efforts to bring to you lessons with new and better ideas,teaching you English in just 2 minute lessons.

Lesson Tags