Sunday, September 21, 2014

Get Out of Here, Wimpy Verbs!

Oh, verbs… is anyone else overwhelmed by these action-packed words this week? Who knew there were so many different forms and tenses? After a few re-reads of this section, I think I finally understand. I’ll expand on some tips that helped me through these assignments.

Transitive verbs are always followed by a direct object while intransitive verbs do not give action to a direct object. Linking verbs link the subject and a modifier and mostly show up in the form of a “be” verb (is, are, was, were), but there are some exceptions. Present, past and future tense verbs all can show up in sub-tenses. These sub-tenses are perfect and progressive. Indicative, imperative and subjunctive verb types all relate to the mood of the verb. Lastly, gerunds, participles and infinitives all have tricky rules and show up in unique ways. In fact, gerunds, participles and infinitives are not verbs at all. They are verbals. They sure look like verbs, but trust me, they’re not.

Phew, maybe that isn’t so simple? I have faith that it will make sense with practice.

This week the topical guide just reinforced the fact that verbals are not verbs. “Verbals, however, are not verbs. They are nouns, adjectives or adverbs. Can we be any more direct than that?” (pg. 218) I love the voice throughout the topical guide. It sounds like a friend speaking very blunt to me about my grammar mistakes.

I chose this picture for this week since we are on the topic of verbs and because it made me giggle. 

1 comment:

  1. ME! I'm overwhelmed. I also chose to write about verbals. Sentences with gerunds and linking verbs are the hardest because we don't normally think of "is" as a verb, so when we see an -ing word, our brains think they see a verb.... wrong! In this situation, it is helpful to break the sentence down to its components. Great post! Thanks for sharing.