List of 555 English Verbs With 14000 Examples

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The English Verb 1

► Summaries of verb formation, tense usage, complementation, and phrasal verbs

  • Verb Forms and Tense Usage 1
  • The Six Basic Verb Forms 1
  • Base Form 1
  • Present 2
  • Past 3
  • Infinitive 4
  • Present Participle 4
  • Past Participle 5
  • Tense Formation and Usage 5
  • The Three Simple Tenses 5
  • The Three Perfect Tenses 7
  • The Three Progressive Tenses 8
  • The Intensive Tenses 9
  • The Passive Voice 9
  • Guide to Conjugations 10
  • Guide to Complements and Phrasal Verbs 11
  • Verb Complements 12
  • Complement Types 13
  • Single Grammatical Element Complements 13
  • Multiple Grammatical Element Complements 14
  • Phrasal Verbs 14
  • Separable and Inseparable Phrasal Verbs 15
  • The Most Common Phrasal Particles 17
  • Expressions 18

555 Conjugated Verbs 19

Alphabetically ordered, with complements, phrasal verbs, and expressions Top 40 Verbs: Full page of examples adjoining select conjugation/complement pages

Irregular Verb Form Index 616

Index showing the base form of all irregular verb forms in the book

The Big Book of English Verbs provides more information on the most important verbs in the English language than any other book ever written.

It contains basic conjugations and comprehensive usage patterns for 152 irregular verbs (all the irregular verbs that you will probably encounter), plus 403 of the most commonly used regular verbs: 555 verbs in all, with more than 14,000 example sentences.

No other book provides these unique features:

A complete listing of the complements for each verb

Verb complements are grammatical structures that verbs use to make correct, meaningful sentences. English has 18 basic complements, plus dozens of combinations of these.

For instance, the verb help, when it means “assist, support,” may use two complements together: an object and an infinitive.

The infinitive, however, must be in its base form, that is, used without the to that normally accompanies an infinitive.


The Six Basic Verb Forms

Six basic verb forms are used to create the entire tense system of English: base form, present, past, infinitive, present participle, and past participle. These forms are illustrated in the following chart by the regular verb walk and the irregular verb fly.

Base Form

The base form of a verb is its form in a dictionary entry. For example, if you looked up sang, the dictionary would refer you to the base form sing.

The base form is also the source (or base) for the present (with a few exceptions), infinitive, and the present participle of the verb, whether the verb is regular or irregular.

The base form is used as a verb in three ways.
(1) It follows certain helping verbs, the most important being the modal auxiliary verbs or modals for short: can/could, may/might, will/would, shall/should, and must. (Modal verbs themselves have no base form, infinitive, present participle, or past participle; they have only present and past forms.)

Note the base form of the verb is in the following sentences.

  • I may be a little late.
  • He will be in New York all week.
  • You must be more careful.
  • Other verbs followed by the base form of a verb include dare (with not), need (with not), and help.
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