December 21, 2014

Verb Structure: the basics

ALL verbs include a LEXICAL (main) verb. Now, we can get into all sorts of discussion about just what a "lexical" verb is, but as noted in other sections, definitions don't do writers much good. Use does. For those of you in search of a … [Read more...]

Verb Parts: Lexical

A lexical verb is the main verb of the sentence. All verbs include a lexical verb. As noted in the discussion of the structure of verbs, we can get into all sorts of discussion about just what a "lexical" verb is, but definitions really don't do … [Read more...]

Verb Parts: Auxiliary

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An auxiliary (also called helping) verb serves to give additional meaning to the main or lexical verb following it. If you are doing things correctly, every clause you use has a verb. That clause MUST have a lexical verb and it MAY have one or … [Read more...]