Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Verb Tense Class

Verb Tense Class
Verb tenses are tools that English speakers use to express time in their language. You may find that many English tenses do not have direct translations in your language. That is not a problem. By studying this verb tense class, you will learn to think like a native English speaker. If you prefer to use the verb tense pages as a reference only and do not want to complete the tutorial
Types of Verbs
Before you begin the verb tense lessons, it is extremely important to understand that NOT all English verbs are the same. English verbs are divided into three groups: Normal Verbs, Non-Continuous Verbs, and Mixed Verbs.
Group I Normal Verbs
Most verbs are "Normal Verbs." These verbs are usually physical actions which you can see somebody doing. These verbs can be used in all tenses.
Normal Verbs
To run, to walk, to eat, to fly, to go, to say, to touch, etc.
•I eat dinner every day.
•I am eating dinner now. 
Verb Tense Class

Group II Non-Continuous Verbs
The second group, called "Non-Continuous Verbs," is smaller. These verbs are usually things you cannot see somebody doing. These verbs are rarely used in continuous tenses. They include:
Abstract Verbs
To be, to want, to cost, to seem, to need, to care, to contain, to owe, to exist.
Possession Verbs
To possess, to own, to belong.
Emotion Verb
To like, to love, to hate, to dislike, to fear, to envy, to mind...
•    He is needing help now. Not Correct
•    He needs help now. Correct
•    He is wanting a drink now. Not Correct
•    He wants a drink now. Correct 
Group III Mixed Verbs
The third group, called "Mixed Verbs," is the smallest group. These verbs have more than one meaning. In a way, each meaning is unique verb. Some meanings behave like "Non-Continuous Verbs," while other meanings behave like "Normal Verbs."
Mixed Verbs 
To appear, to feel, to have, to hear, to look, to see, to weigh..

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