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1 GRAMMAR ROCKS: PART II Verbs, Verbs and More Verbs

2 REMEMBER THAT VERBS State action Ms. K drank twenty liters of lemonade and ate nineteen boxes of Coco Puffs. State being Ms. K is bloated and very tired from her binge.

3 THERE ARE 4 KINDS OF VERBS But instead of listing them all here (which is very, very scary) lets discuss one at a time. Look what happened when this person heard all four verb types at once:

4 1. OKAY, I LIED, 1 AND 2 1. INTRANSITIVE VS. 2. TRANSITIVE Does not carry an action to a receiver in = not Carries action to a receiver Think of the transit stationit carries people ACTION RECEIVER Transitive Verb

5 INTRANSITIVE Simplest type of verb to understand and diagram i.e. Rex barks. Has action but no receiver of the action Rex barks, but he doesnt bark something. Nothing gets barked. Can have helping verbs: Rex was barking. Rex has barked, might have been barking. The subject DOES the action The action has NO RECEIVER

6 Rex lay in the kennel. The rat had died in the trap. He existed in a coma. We had been sleeping on the porch. Not very exciting, but still ACTION verbs (with some helping and linking thrown in for fun!) SOMETIMES, THE ACTION DESCRIBED ISNT VERY LIVELY…

7 ALSO, SOMETIMES THERE IS A SORT OF RECEIVER, AT LEAST IN REAL LIFE Rex barks at Joe. Joe receives some sort of action from the barking. He must hear it! But not GRAMMATICALLY!!! at Joe is a prepositional phrase telling how or where or possibly why Rex barks. (But you knew that already, didnt you? Smarties.)

8 AS YOU HAVE BEEN DOING, Continue to place the verb with all its helpers on the verb line to the right of the subject. But now check to make sure the subject is doing the action and that there is no receiver of the action. Then label such verbs I for Intransitive. And smile. Cause this is good stuff. Delicious stuff, even! I Youhave been learning about verbs those easy intransitive


10 TRANSITIVE (ACTIVE) VERBS If I say to you Rex bit, you do not feel I have made a complete sentence, do you? Yet there is a subject (Rex) and a verb (bit). But the thought is not complete. You wait for me to answer the question ____________?

11 SO I SAY… Rex bit Joe. Now the idea is complete. Here we definitely have a verb of ACTION. The subject (Rex) DID the action. The action, as poor Joe will quickly agree, has been RECEIVED. So, we have a TRANSITIVE VERB : T DO RexbitJoe

12 DIRECT OBJECTS The noun that receives the action of a transitive verb T DO RexbitJoe You will NEVER have a TV without a DO; you will NEVER have a DO without a TV Draw an arrow from the verb to the object that receives the action. Did the subject really DO THIS VERB to the DIRECT OBJECT? Did Joe RECEIVE the biting? Yes, he did. Poor guy. Okay, then, TV and DO!

13 LETS PRACTICE: FILL IN THE MISSING ELEMENT AND LABEL ALL TVS AND DOS. THEN DIAGRAM THE SENTENCES. 1. Nellie _______________ the dishes in the sink. 2. Have you seen the cats ________________? 3. On Friday all the _____________ quit their jobs. 4. I do not believe those ____________. 5. Otto __________food to the squirrels.

14 NOW WE KNOW 2 OF THE 4 VERB TYPES! 1.Intransitive Verbs 2.Transitive Verbs Your excitement is burning holes in my retinas.

15 One of the strengths of the English language is that it is flexible. We may bend a single word into many different uses. And so, you should not be surprised to learn that some verbs can be, in different sentences, EITHER transitive or intransitive. Check out the difference between these two verbs: Rex has been running in the woods. Rex ran the cat up the tree. Whats the difference between the two?

16 has been running shows the action Rex did Did anything receive the action? No, Rex just did it. in the woods is an adverbial preposition showing where he did it Rexhas been running Rex ran SOMETHING Something received the action of his running; something got run Rex ran cat Rex ran the cat up the tree. Rex has been running in the woods. in woods the up tree


18 Notice the little letters in italics, usually placed right after the pronunciation guide. See how run is followed by v.i.? There will be a long definition which may begin: to move swiftly. Read on through that definition and you should come to v.t. Then another definition follows, perhaps: to cause to run. Remember, Rex has been running in the woods. Rex has indeed been moving swiftly through the woods. Rex ran the cat up the tree. Rex has caused the cat to run (transitive).

19 EXAMINE, DIAGRAM AND LABEL THESE SENTENCES, WHICH GIVE FURTHER EXAMPLES OF VERBS USED BOTH TRANSITIVELY (RECEIVER OF THE ACTION) AND INTRANSITIVELY (NO RECEIVER OF THE ACTION.) 1. Birds sing. Birds sing songs. 2. Bill was fighting. Ali was fighting Joe for the title. 3. Dawn broke over the mountain. Did you break that cup? 4. She swept through the room like a queen. I swept the porch.

20 REMEMBER! Dont confuse a modifier with a receiver. A modifier will answer an adjectival or adverbial question A receiver answers What? or Whom? It will be a NOUN! Ms. Kitchens taught grammar. Diagram me! You have now studied verbs with no receiver of the action and verbs with direct objects. Remember them!


22 WHAT I LEFT OUT WAS THIS: The INTRANSITIVE verb we studied was called INTRANSITIVE COMPLETE (IC) (it stands all by itself.) The TRANSITIVE VERB we studied was called TRANSITIVE ACTIVE (TA)

23 AC TI ON Transitive Active (TA) Rex bit Joe Subject does action. Direct Object receives action (TA ALWAYS has DO) Intransitive Complete (IC) Rex barks Action, but no receiver Subject does action AC TI O N BE IN G Transitive Passive (TP) Joe was bitten Subject receives action Intransitive Linking (IL) Rex is happy NO action. Verb acts as equals mark. Links subject with predicate noun or predicate adjective. at Joe by Rex

24 SO, NOW LETS LOOK AT TRANSITIVE PASSIVEAKA: PASSIVE VOICE (TP) Recite the definition of a transitive verb Does it say anything about carrying action from a doer to a receiver? No, indeed. It just says that a transitive verb carries action to a receiver. There is a good reason. Sometimes the doer of a received action is not known. Sometimes we want to emphasize the receiver of the action. Sometimes we want to hide the doer.

25 When the dictionary says a verb is v.t., it does not know whether the verb will be in the active or passive voice. The dictionary is only telling you that the verb can be transitive, that it can carry action to a receiver. All the transitive verbs you have studied so far have carried action from a SUBJECT (doer of the action) to a DIRECT OBJECT (receiver of the action.) TA DO Rex bit Joe

26 BUT HARK! WHAT ABOUT THIS SENTENCE? Joe was bitten by Rex. This sentence describes the same action as Rex bit Joe, doesnt it? There is action, some nasty biting going on. There is a doer of the action, good old Rex. And poor Joe is still receiving the action. What has happened to the sentence? When in doubt, diagram (you knew I was going to say that, didnt you?): Joe was bitten by Rex

27 Suddenly, the RECEIVER of the action is the SUBJECT!! Think about that carefully. Both verbs we studied before always had the SUBJECT DOING the action. Now the SUBJECT is sitting there being acted on. Joe was bitten by Rex

28 CONSIDER THIS SENTENCE: Bob has been hurt! Is there action? Yes, to hurt is an action. Is there a receiver of the action? Yes, Bob received the hurting. We know, therefore, that has been hurt is transitive. Lets diagram the sentence and see whether the verb is active or passive. Bob has been hurt Since Bob, the receiver of the action is also the subject of the verb, we know has been hurt is transitive passive (TP). Now, do we know the doer of the action? No, we dont know who or what did the hurting to Bob. Yet the sentence is complete.

29 If the doer of the action is shown, it will be the object of the preposition by in a prepositional phrase modifying the verb and answering the question ________? Bob has been hurt (by the rabid skunk.)

30 The next set of sentences have TA verbs. Rewrite each to make it a TP verb. What will become the subject? If you dont figure that out right away, refer to the sentence that changed from Rex bit Joe, to Joe was bitten by Rex. The DO becomes the subject of the TP verb. And yes, good question! While verbs are sometimes without helpers, ALL TP VERBS will have SOME PART OF THE VERB TO BE. Other helpers may be used, too: Joe was bitten, had been bitten, must have been bitten, etc. Ex.: Rex chased the cat. (TA) The cat was chased by Rex. (TP) And, dont worry, some of them will sound strange!

31 Turn these TA verbs into TP verbs: 1. Harry lost the ball. 2. The force of the blow had broken the antique safe. 3. Everyone in the room heard the tinkle of breaking glass. 4. All the people had a good time. 5. With the arrival of Harry, we began rehearsal.

32 Now, try turning TP verbs around to TA. Note: unless the doer of the action is shown in a by prepositional phrase, you will have to make up a doer. Example: The window has been broken. (TP) Jay-Z broke the window. (TA) 1. Dorothy was hit on the head by the shutter. 2. Often Melinda has been seen at the opera. 3. In some countries girls are guarded by chaperones. 4. George might have been bitten by a spider. 5. Mother, your favorite lamp has been smashed.

33 WERENT ALL THOSE TP AND TA VERBS FUN?? We could stall a bit longer…fart around with objective complements and retained objects…hold out on INTRANSITIVE LINKING VERBS…


35 A C T I O N Transitive Active (TA) Rex bit Joe Subject does action. Direct Object receives action (TA ALWAYS has DO) Intransitive Complete (IC) Rex barks Action, but no receiver Subject does action AC TI O N BE IN G Transitive Passive (TP) Joe was bitten Subject receives action Intransitive Linking (IL) Rex is happy NO action. Verb acts as equals mark. Links subject with predicate noun or predicate adjective. at Joe by Rex

36 REMEMBER THAT TRUSTY OLE DEFINITION OF A VERB? A verb states action or being Which of the verb types that we have studied state action? Being? Im SO glad you asked!! Remember Linking verbs? All linking verbs are really INTRANSITIVE LINKING VERBS Can you guess why they are intransitive? They dont carry action to a receiver! And why dont they? There is NO action!

37 THAT WAS THE EASY PART While many of our sentences in life deal with actions, because we are interested in what things do, we also need a sentence pattern for talking about what a thing IS. We have our five senses and we wish to express what those senses perceive about things and people. We want to say that: SOMEBODYIS SOMETHING

38 = The INTRANSITIVE LINKING VERB acts as an EQUAL MARK between the somebody or something and the thing or the quality it is. Ms. Kitchens is insane.

39 MEMORIZE THESE! Be Become Seem Appear Look Feel Sound Taste Smell Remain Grow Stay Rat nuggets! I remember when Ms. K demanded that we memorize the forms of the verb to be. I should have listened to her!

40 Now we are ready to use be as a main verb! I know, I know…I may have told you And for good reason! To be verbs dont crash or burn or terrify or dance. But what would we do without it? Sound like Tarzan? JANE PRETTY.

41 With our linking verbs, we can express Janes prettiness with many shades of meaning: Jane IS (or was or had been) pretty. Jane BECAME pretty. Jane SMELLS pretty. Jane STAYED pretty. We can also have helpers with IL verbs: Jane MIGHT HAVE BEEN GROWING prettier.

42 2+2= What would Pierce say if you left that blank? Naturally, if an IL verb is to act as an EQUAL MARK, there has to be something on the other side of the mark. So, just as a TA ALWAYS has a DO (remember??) an IL verb will be completed by a PREDICATE NOUN (PN) OR PREDICATE ADJECTIVE (PA). SUBJECT IL PA OR SUBJECT IL PN

43 BEFORE WE FORGET (OR FALL ASLEEP) Since DOs, PAs and PNs complete the verb, they are called COMPLEMENTS, which means completers. So, two kinds of verbs take complements …quick…what are they? Wipe that drool from your chin!

44 DID YOU NOTICE? TADO Rex bit Joe Are Rex and Joe the same thing? Does Rex describe Joe? Heavens, NO! Rex is dog Are Rex and dog the same thing? YES! Rex = dog is the message! That the line between the IL and PA or PN slants? Unlike the vertical line between TA and DO, which is like a fence, the slanted line before the PA or PN POINTS BACK TO THE SUBJECT. a

45 NOW THAT YOU VE MEMORIZED THE LINKING VERBS … You did, didnt you? How about a mnemonic device to help poor ole Ms. Ks failing memory? Lets look at those linking verbs more carefully: Not every Intransitive Linking verbs can take a PN They can ALL take PAs, however.

46 Not every Intransitive Linking verbs can take a PN They can ALL take PAs, however. Remember how Jane could = pretty? (A PA, with all the ILs that made sense) Lets find out which ILs can take PNs: Make Jane = cheerleader Fill in the blank with all the ILs that make sense. Remember that you will need to consider the various forms of to be for the first one, but no using the infinitive to be itself…conjugate it. Jane cheerleader Did you find four? ?

47 J ANE C HEERLEADER Did you notice that the verbs of the five senses wouldnt work? What our senses that perceive how things look, feel, sound, taste and smell really do is answer the adjective question: What kind? So they will connect the subject with a PREDICATE ADJECTIVE (PA) only.

48 Wouldnt it be nice to know that any time you saw one of your dozen IL verbs you could pin it down with an IL label? ALAS! You have to make sure that it is really being an EQUALS MARK between a subject and a PA or PN. When one of the verbs on the IL list is used as another type of verb (IC, TA or TP) the meaning of the verb has changed somewhat: IL PATA DO Soup tasted saltyHe tasted soup Does soup EQUAL salty?Does he equal soup? Here, taste means to have a certain Does soup describe he? flavorHere, taste means to test with the tongue!

49 L ET S P RACTICE ! A LL THE VERBS IN THIS ONE ARE IL. Y OU DECIDE WHETHER THE COMPLEMENT IS PA OR PN. L ABEL THE VERBS AND COMPLEMENTS AND MAKE SURE THE LINE BETWEEN SLANT TOWARD THE SUBJECT. 1. She has been looking sick lately. 2. The trees in the Blue Ridge Mountains do look blue. 3. This corn must have been fresher yesterday. 4. That old man has remained our clubs president for years. 5. The actor seemed young at first be grew older during the play. 6. I am becoming sleepier by the minute.

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