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In simple term verbs are called as ‘action words’. Verb is a very essential part of sentence formation. You must use the correct verb in order to frame correct statement. Here, I want to discuss with you some key points that you need to keep remember while applying the verb:

Observe below mentioned two sentences:

  1. He has not and will not do this in near future. ( Incorrect )
  2. I did not and will not go there. (Correct)

In these two above mentioned sentences, one sentence is incorrect, whereas another sentence is correct even though they are framed in a similar manner (compound sentences with an auxiliary and primary verb).First sentence is incorrect because this contains two auxiliary verb (has, will) and one primary verb (do) and we all know that ‘has’ takes 3rd form of verb so it cannot take ‘do’ as a primary verb, so the sentence will form in following manner:

He has not done and will not do this in near future.

Difference between ‘To’ and ‘For’

Study the following sentence carefully-

I went to visit him. (Correct)

I went for visiting him. (Incorrect)

Some points to remember:

You should use For + Gerund (verb first form +ing ) for action( in the past) showing cause .

He will punish you for breaking the chair. (action (break) took place in past )

You should use For + Gerund in sentence showing purpose of subject.

This book is to read.  Instead say (Purpose of book)

This book is for reading.

You should use For + Noun in place of to + verb when verb is made to serve as noun.

We come here for a drive. (Not ‘to’) ( verb drive as noun)

Certain verbs and phrases are used with To + Gerund.

She used to swimming at night. ( used to)

Read and share with us a few points more on verbs! It’s going to be very interesting. We are awaiting your response.


Shipra Srivastava

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12 Responses to “Verbs and Sentence Formation”

  1. alick ngwira on August 20th, 2010 5:17 pm

    My speed in thinking is now improving, thanks for your GRE vocabutests.

  2. shipra on August 21st, 2010 4:01 am

    Thanks for your comment alick, keep visiting us.

  3. kabir on September 4th, 2010 5:52 am

    this site is very helpful for GRE preparation. Thanks a lot to provide us with various informations and tactics for preparation.

  4. shipra on September 6th, 2010 4:22 am

    Kabir thanks for your comment, Keep visiting us.

  5. Jos Bode on October 1st, 2010 1:42 pm

    A very interesting explanation of the subject Verbs and Sentence Formation.
    I’m a little confused about the last example: She used to swimming.
    I think this sentence is grammatically wrong. In my opinion it should be: She used to go swimming at night or with a different meaning, She is used to swimming at night.
    Could you please elucidate this! (I’m not sure if this is a proper use of the verb to elucidate!)
    Kind regards,

    Jos Bode, Holland

  6. shipra on October 2nd, 2010 4:31 am

    Jos , used to used with past form and it takes 1 form of verb.

  7. Lidia on October 6th, 2010 11:28 am

    Dear, Shipra! Thank you so much for such a good website, I ‘ve found here a lot of tough words and exercises, and this blog encourages me to study harder for good scores at Verbal section.

  8. shipra on October 7th, 2010 4:26 am

    Thanks for your comment lidia,we are here to help student like you.kindly keep visiting us.

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  10. shipra on December 15th, 2010 4:44 am

    Kindly keep visiting us shalabi..

  11. Alok Thakor on December 15th, 2010 2:10 pm

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  12. shipra on December 16th, 2010 4:48 am

    Alok, kindly put queries related to GRE only…

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