Can any one tell me the proper definition of verb?

Milan   Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:28 pm GMT
What is verb?
Can any one give me the appropriate answer pls?

Caspian   Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:00 pm GMT
A verb is a 'doing' or 'action' verb, which describes the action of a pronoun (I, you, he, she). In English, verb infinitives are preceded by 'to', such as 'to jump', 'to eat', or 'to be'.
How many kind of verbs ar   Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:43 am GMT
I know there are classifications of verb.But i don know what they are called.
Can you kindly tell me that?

Caspian   Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:01 am GMT
You mean different types of verb, like modal verb, or you mean different parts of a verb, different conjugations?

A modal verb is a verb where in English, 'to' can not be put before the common part. Like 'can', the actual infinitive is 'to be able', or 'should', or 'must' ('to have to'). I suppose they act rather like adverbs really - there is normally an infinitive following them, and the modal verb just describes someting about that.
e.g. I can eat. This means that I have the ability to eat.
I should go - this means that I ought to go, it would be in my better interests to go.

Or do you mean a part of a verb, like 'am' 'is' 'are' 'was' 'were' and 'be' are all parts of the verb 'to be'?