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2.2 Verbs: Doing and Being Verbs

A verb usually begins the section of a sentence which tells what someone or something is doing or being.

Doing verbs:

Finally Sir Edmund Hilary arrived at the peak of Mt. Everest.

Clouds were rolling far below.

He breathed carefully through his mask.

His oxygen supply was running low.

Being verbs:

Hilary had become the first foreign conqueror of the mountain.

This was a great moment for international exploration.

However, for Tenzing Norkay, the Sherpa guide, it was simply another trip up the ancient and holy slopes.

The words in bold purple are the verbs of the sentences above.

Tip for finding verbs: Look at the first few words in the doing or being part of the sentence.

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