Verbs in English Grammar


Verbs are action words. They can describe an action (swim), an event (snow), a situation (be) or a change (become). The infinitive is the basic form of a verb and is often, but not always, preceded by to. There are 4 other forms of English verbs: simple present, simple past, past participle and present participle or -ing form. We also have to pay attention to the different types of verbs in English grammar, as they function differently. Auxiliary verbs, modal verbs, infinitives and gerunds, phrasal verbs, the passive voice and the imperative and subjunctive mood are all explained in the following pages.

Click on one of the links below for a detailed lesson about verbs in English grammar. At the end of each page, there are exercises so you can test your progress and check your understanding of English verbs.