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In this post we will talk about the basic types of verbs. The English language has three basic types of verbs: action verbs, linking verbs and auxiliary verbs or helping verbs.

Action verbs:
An action verb is an action that can be done by a person, place or thing. This can be physical or mental actions.
Alan says he is going to New York.
The dog barks when vehicles drive by.
To be sure if a word is an action very ask yourself if it is something you could do? For example: Todd jogs every weekday. Ask yourself if you can do each word. Can you Todd? No. Can you jog? Yes.
Linking verbs:
Linking verbs tie the subject to the rest of the sentence. These are often different forms of “to be”.
Kathy is a sweet lady.
The new car could be a Dodge.
More often than not a linking verb describes the subject of the sentence. In our two examples the linking verb connects the subject to the definition of the subject. For example the first sentence defines Kathy as a “sweet lady”.
Here are a few of the various forms of “to be” that can work as linking verbs. Am, are, be, is, can be, were, shall be, has been, have been, would be, being, was, could be, has been, should be, would have been, should have been, could have been, will have been, shall have been, have been and will be.
Auxiliary verbs:
Auxiliary verbs are often referred to as “helping verbs”. These words appear in front of action or linking verbs.
The shy girls are sitting at the table together.
You could have been working tonight.
There are many types of auxiliary verbs in our language. Here are just a few of the words that often act as helping verbs. They can also act as action or linking verbs in different sentence structures. Can, could, may, might, must, would, shall, should, will, had, has, and have.

If you want to be sure if a word is a auxiliary very or a linking verb you would just look to see if the action verb immediately follows the “to be” verb. If it does then it is an auxiliary verb, if not it is a linking verb.
Students learn about verbs early on in their school curriculum. However, in the early elementary school grades verbs are simply introduced as “action” words. For more educational tools on verbs you can visit the following:

Who’s vs. Whose

The rules of grammar can be challenging. One of the rules I often get confused is when to use who’s vs. whose in a sentence? Hopefully this post can help others who have the same problem.

Most people know that who’s is a contraction of “who is” and that whose is simply a pronoun. An example of how it is used we can use the sentence:
Who’s the man whose car is parked illegally?

Who’s is a contraction who and one of the verbs is or has. When who is combined with is, the apostrophe replaces the i, “who is” becomes who’s. In the same way when who is combined with has, the apostrophe replaces the h and the a, “who has” then becomes who’s. Some examples:
Who’s been sitting in my chair?
(Who has been. . . )
Who’s going to be able to attend the education seminar?
(Who is going to . . .)

Who’s is pronounced /HOOZ/.

Whose is the possessive form of who. Here are some examples:
Interrogative pronoun:
This is my blue shirt, whose is the green one?
Whose car is parked in my parking place?

Differentiating Who’s and Whose
I just recite the sentence back in my head and ask myself if it is more proper when I replace who’s with, who is?, who has?, or whose.
Because who’s and whose are both correct spellings, it’s a good idea to use the grammar check in your word processor and/or spell check.

Violence, Grammar, and Private School

Since our last post we’ve posted a number of articles on EducationBug.org.

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We posted another grammar lesson in our series for those who are following the set – check out the new article on Passed vs. Past. These articles are very helpful to those in ESL or for younger students who are struggling with certain mistakes in the English language. We have about 30-40 more to post so we’ll keep adding as we can!

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Grammar Lessons – It’s vs. Its

Recently, we have been updating our English Grammar Lessons on EducationBug.org.

Currently we have a good batch of lessons on our site and will continue to add more. Right now – our most popular is it’s vs. its . It features the usage of each and the definition. So if you’re wondering if you should use its or it’s – check out the page to find out! It’s is a contraction and its is a third person singular possessive adjective.

We also have many other lessons such as:
You’re vs. Your
Me vs. Myself – includes any uses of me, myself, and I.
as well as a few related to common misspellings and misuses like:
affect vs. effect
lose vs. loose

BLOG UPDATE: We just added a new article: A vs. An

We have about 50 more lessons to post and we’ll be adding them to our site as we have time and our article writers get them into us. They are very high quality resources – if you have a website or blog – we’d appreciate a link to the lessons landing page or anyone of the individual articles. This will help educate others on proper grammar.

At EducationBug.org we are also working on a math lesson series to help understand the various terms and concepts. This will be an excellent resource to those needing some brush up on simple math, geometry, algebra, and more!

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