Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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action verb a verb that shows its subject performing some action. "Run," "eat," "fly," and "sing" are examples of action verbs.
auxiliary verb a verb used in conjunction with a main verb in a clause that assists the main verb in reflecting aspects, voices, moods, and tenses. In the sentence "They have escaped," the main verb is "escaped," and the auxiliary verb is "have."
helping verb another name for auxiliary verb.
intransitive verb a verb that cannot have a direct object. In the sentence, "I ran for an hour," "ran" is an intransitive verb.
linking verb in grammar, a verb that serves mainly to connect a subject and a predicate complement; copula.
transitive verb a verb that has a direct object. In the sentence, "My father owns a grocery store," "owns" is a transitive verb and "store" is the direct object.
verb phrase in grammar, either a phrase that includes a verb with auxiliary verbs, such as "had been crying," or one that includes a verb and adverb, such as "give up".