Identifying verbs (Mengidentifikasi Verba)
May 25, 2011 Leave a comment
What’s a verb? Verbs are words that usually express an action. Here are two easy ways to identify a verb; you can use either one.
If a word can have ‘should ‘ in front of it and the phrase sounds complete, the word is a verb. Examples: should leave, should sail, should discover, should complain. Leave, sail, discover, and complain are all verbs.
If a word can have ‘to’ in front of it and the phrase sounds complete, it’s a verb. Examples: to leave, to sail, to discover, to complain. Leave, sail , discover, and complain are all verbs. (Note that we’re not talking here about two, too, or the to that indicates direction, as in ‘Let’s go to the park.’ )
Here are some examples of verbs.You can see that they all meet the test with should and the test with to.
go: should go to go
tell: should tell to tell
disagree: should disagree to disagree
spell: should spell to spell
In contrast, the following words do not pass the should or to test:
coffee: *should coffee *to coffee
beautiful: *should beautiful *to beautiful
hardly: *should hardly *to hardly
under: *should under *to under
Thus, coffee, beautiful , hardly, and under are not verbs.
Which of the following words are verbs? See if they sound like a complete unit when you put the word should or to .
Sample: characteristic –> Not a verb
read –> verb