verbs

verbs
verbs
1. A verb is traditionally regarded as a word that describes the action or state which the sentence seeks to convey and is normally an essential element in a clause or sentence: She locked the door / She was angry. Verbs are either transitive (i.e. take an object, as in She locked the door) or intransitive (as in She smiled); these functions are described more fully at the entry intransitive and transitive verbs.
2. Verbs are occasionally omitted from sentences, for example in radio and television announcements (This report from our Washington correspondent.) or as stylistic devices, afterthoughts, ways of avoiding repetition, etc.:

• Friday morning. By tube to a lecture at the London School of Economics —Encounter, 1981

(in diary style)

• That way, they can work out their aggressions. Once a year. —New Yorker, 1987.

3. For other aspects of verbs and their behaviour, see auxiliary verbs, modal verbs, phrasal verbs, reflexive verbs, verbs from nouns.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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