English Verbs Game

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Created by Lynne Crandall University of Michigan Revised by Mark Kondrak CLA Language Center University of Minnesota Content by Karen Davis NCS Slavic Department image licensed from CartoonStock Ltd. Verbs

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500 500 500 500 500 400 400 400 400 400 300 300 300 300 300 200 200 200 200 200 100 100 100 100 100 Mode & Mood Verb Types Tense & Aspect Voice & the Actor Modal Auxiliaries

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This modal expresses the future and determination. Modal Auxiliaries 100 Points

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Modal Auxiliaries 100 Points WILL It will rain tomorrow. I will finish on time.

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Modal Auxiliaries 200 Points This modal expresses permission and probability.

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MAY He may take the money. Modal Auxiliaries 200 Points

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Modal Auxiliaries 300 Points This modal expresses responsibility and prediction

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Modal Auxiliaries 300 Points SHOULD You should get to work on time. The package should arrive Tuesday.

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This modal expresses habit and unreality. Modal Auxiliaries 400 Points

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WOULD He would go dancing every week. I would buy it if they had it. Modal Auxiliaries 400 Points

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This modal expresses obligation and deduction. Modal Auxiliaries 500 Points

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MUST You must love your father. Modal Auxiliaries 500 Points

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In this voice the actor is the grammatical subject. Voice & the Actor 100 Points

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Voice & the Actor 100 Points ACTIVE The man plants the flowers.

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Voice & the Actor 200 Points In this voice the actor is in a ‘by’ phrase.

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PASSIVE The flowers are planted by the man. Voice & the Actor 200 Points

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Voice & the Actor 300 Points In this voice the actor is impossible to express.

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Voice & the Actor 300 Points MIDDLE The flowers cut easily.

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In this voice the actor is optional. Voice & the Actor 400 Points

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PASSIVE The flowers are planted. Voice & the Actor 400 Points

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In this voice the actor is expressed in a ‘with’ clause Voice & the Actor 500 Points

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LOCATIVE FOCUS The flowers are crawling with bugs. Voice & the Actor 500 Points

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This expresses what is happening right now, at the moment of speech. Tense & Aspect 100 Points

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Tense & Aspect 100 Points PRESENT PROGRESSIVE I am reading.

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Tense & Aspect 200 Points This is used for ‘timeless’ or ‘eternal’ events.

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SIMPLE PRESENT The sun shines. Tense & Aspect 200 Points

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Tense & Aspect 300 Points This is used for events which are over.

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Tense & Aspect 300 Points SIMPLE PAST I graduated from college.

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This expresses events which were over before the time of the sentence. Tense & Aspect 400 Points

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PAST PERFECT I had read the book before the movie came out. Tense & Aspect 400 Points

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This expresses events which began in the past and are still continuing. Tense & Aspect 500 Points

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PRESENT PERFECT PROGRESSIVE He has been living here since he was 10. Tense & Aspect 500 Points

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These verbs cannot have objects. Verb Types 100 Points

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Verb Types 100 Points INTRANSITIVE The dog runs.

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Verb Types 200 Points These verbs have one object.

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TRANSITIVE I saw the dog. Verb Types 200 Points

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Verb Types 300 Points These verbs have two objects.

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Verb Types 300 Points DITRANSITIVE I gave the dog a bone.

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These verbs are used to create tenses, aspects, moods, questions, and negations. Verb Types 400 Points

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AUXILLARIES Have you seen the dog? The dog isn’t running. The dog must be locked up. Verb Types 400 Points

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These verbs treat pronoun objects differently from noun objects. Verb Types 500 Points

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PHRASAL VERBS He locked up the dog. He locked it up. Verb Types 500 Points

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This is for statements. Mode & Mood 100 Points

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Mode & Mood 100 Points DECLARATIVE The man watched the race.

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Mode & Mood 200 Points This is for contradictions.

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NEGATIVE He did not bet on the race. Mode & Mood 200 Points

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Mode & Mood 300 Points This is for giving orders.

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Mode & Mood 300 Points IMPERATIVE Keep your money in your wallet!

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This is for asking questions. Mode & Mood 400 Points

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INTERROGATIVE Did the man bet on the race? Mode & Mood 400 Points

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This is for irrealis (contrary to fact). Mode & Mood 500 Points

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SUBJUNCTIVE / CONDITIONAL Had the man bet on the race, he would have been breaking the law. Mode & Mood 500 Points

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VERBS RULE!

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The Daily Double

Summary: Jeopardy!-style game on English verbs

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