In this section we look at the grammar of verbs—their structure and form—and how we use them in spoken and written English.

What is a Verb?

Verb Classification
1. helping verbs 2. main verbs

Verb Forms
Some languages have 30+ forms of a verb! English has 8 at most :)

Speak naturally with tense.

Be Verb Rock Star Song audio
The verb be is a very special verb in English. Listen to the song.

going to
I am going to do it

about to
I am about to do it

for and since for Time
for two days, since 1st April

Subjunctive Mood
She insists that he come.

Passive Voice
Active voice and passive voice
Cats eat mice. Mice are eaten by cats.

be used to/used to do
I am not used to it. I used to do it.

Future Time
I will do it. I am going to do it. I am doing it. I do it.

if I win, if I won, if I had won

Modal Verbs
can, shall, must...

Have fun with these verb tense games!

Phrasal Verbs
put out, look after, get on with

Do you like tea? Why do you like tea? Do you like tea or coffee?

Tag Questions
You like me, don't you?

Infinitive or -ing?
I like to do, I like doing

Continuous Tenses and Meaning
Am I being silly?

Subject-verb agreement
In general a subject and a verb must agree in number.

-ing Form
fishing is fun, I dislike working, after arriving

Catenative Verbs
Chains of two or more verbs: Let go. I want to play. He hates drinking.