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Verb Phrases

Verb Phrases                                                      

Common Core Language Standard 1

If we add other words onto the main verb, we form phrases. Phrases can add description, share a condition, or set the mood for verbs. They can also change the verb tense of the main verb.

Today’s grammar and usage lesson is on verb phrases. Remember that a verb can mentally or physically act or serve as a state of being. A phrase is a group of related words without a noun and connected verb.

Now let’s read the grammar and usage lesson and study the examples.

A verb phrase consists of the main verb with a linking verb, helping verb, adverb, and/or prepositional phrase. Example: She had been serving faithfully for three years.

Now circle or highlight what is right and revise what is wrong according to grammar and usage lesson.

Pennington Publishing's Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) Grades 4-8 Programs

Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) Grades 4-8 Programs

Practice: The teachers will really watching carefully to make absolutely sure that none of the students has any cheat notes.

Let’s check the Practice Answers.

Grammar and Usage Practice Answers:

The teachers will really watch carefully to make absolutely sure that none of the students has any cheat notes.

or

The teachers will really be watching carefully to make absolutely sure that none of the students has any cheat notes.

Now let’s apply what we have learned. 

Writing Application: Write your own sentence using two different types of verb phrases.

This writing opener is part of a comprehensive language conventions lesson from the Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand)  Grades 4‒8 programs. Complete descriptions, instructional scopes and sequences, introductory video, previews, and two-week test drives of the grade-level teacher guides and student workbooks are available here.

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