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Verbs and Adverbs

Verbs and Adverbs

Definition of Verb



A verb is a word that describes an activity, action, state or existence. For e.g:

  • Children play in the park. (action)
  • Her hands are warm. (state)
  • The Taj Mahal is in Agra. (existence)

Types of Verb

  1. The main verb includes all the verbs that describe an action. The main verbs are of two types:
  • Transitive verbs are those which describes an action is being done over an object. For e.g:

        Naman is reading a novel.

        She plays football.

  • Intransitive verbs are those which describes an action done by the subject rather than the action on any object. For e.g:

        The baby is crying loudly.

        He walks very fast.

  1. The helping verb or auxiliaries are used with the main verb. These auxiliaries are further sub-divided into two parts:
  • Primary Auxiliaries are used to determine tenses, voices, negation, interrogation, etc. For e.g:

        Rahul did the job perfectly.

        They have played for six hours.

  • Modals are often used as a helping verb to form sentences that imply any permission, obligation, order, etc. Example: will, shall, can, could, should, must, might,

Conjugation of Verb 

Conjugation of a verb includes three principle form of the verb. They are present tense (original), past tense, past participle tense. Few examples are listed below.




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Definition of Adverb



An adverb is a word that is used to modify a verb, an adjective or an adverb. For e.g:

  • Mohit is a very careless driver.
  • Mohit drives carelessly.
  • Smita rides very carefully.

Types of Adverbs

  1. Adverbs of time are used to describe when an action is done.


  • I went to the doctor yesterday.
  • The train will arrive tonight.
  • Rahul left the party too early.
  1. Adverbs of Frequency tells how many times an action has been done.


       I will go again.

      He frequently gets faint.

  • Adverbs of Place describes where an action has occurred.


          God is everywhere.

          Go inside and close the gate.

  1. Adverbs of Manner denotes in what way/manner an action has been done.


          She speaks German fluently.

          Rohan is working hard to stay fit.

  1. Adverbs of Degree tells us about the degree of a quality or an action. It is of three types:

  • Low Degree

          Examples: bit, little, least, slightly, etc.

  • Medium Degree

          Examples: fairly, sufficiently, rather, etc.

  • High Degree

          Examples: extremely, quite, too, etc.

  1. Adverbs of Reason describes why an action has taken place.


He has gained excess weight. So he started doing yoga.

  • Interrogative Adverbs are used to ask questions.


      Why are you late?

      How many students are present today?

  • Relative Adverbs are used for joining two sentences.


         I know the reason why he stole my things.

        This is the place where we first met. 



  1. A verb is a word that describes an action, activity, state or existence.
  2. There are two types of the verb: main verb and helping verb/auxiliaries.
  • Main verb includes transitive and intransitive verb.
  1. Auxiliaries includes primary auxiliaries and modals.
  2. Conjugation of a verb tells about the tense of the verb.
  3. An adverb is a word that is used to modify a verb, adjective or an adverb.
  • There are seven kinds of adverbs: Adverbs of time, frequency, place, manner, degree, reason, interrogative adverbs, and relative adverbs.
  • Adverbs of Degree includes low degree, medium degree, and high degree.

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