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Verbs

How you use verbs can determine whether or not readers understand what you write.

A verb is often described as a 'doing' or 'action' word (e.g. run, make, add), but it can also show states of being or feelings (e.g. exist, dislike, grieve) (Parrott, 2000).

This section looks at the aspects of using verbs which tend to cause students problems.

Where possible grammatical terms will be avoided, but where they are used see Definitions at the top of the page for their meaning

If you are unsure about any exercise, click on Advice to go to guidance on the item you are practising.

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