PARTS OF SPEECH
—names a person, place, thing or idea
answers the questions
who? or what?
—man, city, school
—Zach, Boulder, Fairview High School
—hat, book, chair
—love, courage, decision
—Ringling Brothers Circus
state of being
—expresses an action
—carries the action to an object
The boy kicked the ball.
—has action, but no object
The teacher laughed.
The catcher shrugged.
expresses a state or condition
mainly forms of “to be”
(am, were, being, been, is, are, was)
appear, become, feel, grow, look, remain, seem, smell, sound, stay, taste
combines with the main verb
forms of “to be”, “to do”, “to have”
also: may, will, can, could, should, would, might, must
may be separated from the main verb in a sentence: