Guide to Grammar and Usage 302 Verbs Verbs are words that name an action or describe a state of being. There are four basic types of verbs: action verbs, linking verbs, helping verbs, and verb phrases. · Action verbs tell what the subject does. Examples:jump, kiss, laugh · Linking verbs join the subject and the predicate and name and describe the subject. Examples:be, feel, grow, seem, smell, remain, appear, sound, stay, look, taste, turn, become · Helping verbs are added to another verb to make the meaning clearer. Examples:am, does, had, shall, can, did, may, should, could, have, might, will, do, has, must, would · Verb phrases are made of one main verb and one or more helping verbs. Examples:will arrive, could be looking W Word Choice See Diction. Wordiness Write simply and directly. Omit unnecessary details or ideas that you have already stated. Use a lot of important detail, but no unnecessary words.