Copular Verbs

November 16th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Some verbs require a word or phrase after them to complete their predicate. This word or phrase which completes the predicate of a verb is called its complement. A verb which joins a subject with its complement is called a linking or copular verb. Such a verb is also called a verb of incomplete predication.

Direct and Indirect Objects

November 16th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Read the sentences given below:

I wrote a story.
She sang a song.
He broke the window.

Here the nouns story, song and window are the objects of the verbs wrote, sang and he respectively.

More on Sentence Agreement

November 16th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Rule 1

The verb must agree with its subject in number and person. In other words a singular subject should be followed by a singular verb. Similarly, a plural subject should be followed by a plural verb.

Strong and Weak Verbs

November 15th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

We have already seen that the main tenses of a verb are the present, the past and the past participle. All other tenses are formed from these three forms.

Verbs Exercise III

November 15th, 2009 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with a verb in agreement with its subject.

1.    No news ————– good news.

a)    Is
b)    Are
c)    Has
d)    Have

Verbs Exercise – II

November 15th, 2009 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with suitable object complements chosen from the list given below. Note that each question can have more than one correct answer. Similarly, the same answer can be used more than once.
Leader, healthy, asleep, long, dead, innocent, honest, ill, fool, Christopher, mad, intelligent, guilty, dishonest, fool, useful, unwise, green, famous, important, conscientious, impracticable, empty, wrong, high

1.    We found him ——————–

Verbs of Incomplete Predication

November 14th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Intransitive verbs do not have objects:

The baby cried.
She slept.

In the example sentences given above the intransitive verbs cried and slept have no objects, but the sentences still make complete sense.