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Chapter 3. Parts of Speech: Coming to Te... > Verbs: All the Right Moves - Pg. 27

Parts of Speech: Coming to Terms There are four basic types of verbs: action verbs , linking verbs , helping verbs, verb phrases. 27 Action Verbs: Jumping Jack Flash Action verbs tell what the subject does. For example: jump, kiss, laugh. · The mobsters broke Irving's kneecaps. · Some people worry about the smallest things. Strictly Speaking The action of an action verb can be a visible action (such as gamble, walk, kvetch) or a mental action (such as think, learn, cogitate). An action verb can be transitive or intransitive. Transitive verbs need a direct object. · The boss dropped the ball. · The workers picked it up. Quoth the Maven To determine if a verb is transitive, ask yourself, "Who?" or "What?" after the verb. If you can find an answer