ONLINE VERB GAMES FOR ESL STUDENTS
Verbs are a very important aspect of speech. Without them, we wouldn’t have fluent sentences. Verbs can mean past, present, past participle, and present participle. Verbs serve numerous purposes. These include:
- They express a state of being
- They give a command
- They ask questions
- They make a statement
Verbs are a common part of speech that many ESL students may find confusing. Verbs express action. They are known as “doing” words. Verbs can express a variety of things which include:
- A physical action – to climb, to write, to swim.
- A state of being – to appear, to exist, to be.
- A mental action – to consider, to guess, to think.
In a phrase, verbs which are expressed as a state of being are generally the hardest ones for ESL students to find and comprehend.
Examples Of Physical Verbs
- Alison bought a ticket
- The doctor wrote the prescription
- She sells clothing and shoes
Examples Of Mental Verbs
- I thought the same thing
- Peter guessed the right number
- She considers the job done
Examples Of State Of Being Verbs
- I am.
- It was a joke
- Edwina is the largest animal in this area.
Four Things You Should Know About Verbs
- Most verbs express action. Some of the most common action verbs include: talk, run, fall, swim, yell, throw, etc.
- Linking verbs are the verbs that join the subject of a sentence to a word or a phrase that tells something about the subject. The most common linking verbs include: be, feel, appear, look, grow, seem, remain, sound, smell, taste, and stay.
- Auxiliary verbs are helping verbs which change the mood, voice, and tense of sentences. These include: will, was, shall, may, can, have, do and be.
- Verbs can be intransitive and transitive. Transitive verbs take an object. Intransitive verbs don’t take an object and can stand on its own.
Transitive verb example:
- Jill took the job
Intransitive verb example
- The TV broke
Online Verb Games For ESL Students