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2.12 Verbs: Return To Your Writing

Read aloud the paragraph you wrote at the beginning of this chapter. Where are the verbs? Look for the words that indicate time. Which are verbs and which aren't? Use Chart 1 in Part IV to help you find the auxiliaries in your paragraph. Wherever you find one, check to see if a main verb follows. Where you're not sure of a verb, turn the sentence into a negative statement and use the not or n't as a flag that waves in the middle of your verb. Mark all your verbs. Have you used any compound verbs? Trade marked paragraphs with a classmate, and check each other's work. Wherever you disagree, explain your reasons. Raise questions and get a tutor or teacher to answer them.

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