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Main Verb (Discussion & Rules)

Main Verb is used in Verb1, Verb2, Verb3, Participle (ing/ed) and s/es form in sentences. The forms are used according to the subject and tense of the sentence. You would have a basic idea about this let's take a few examples to revise it:


V1              V2                V3             ing-form             S/es  form.

Know        Knew          Known          Knowing                Knows

Drink         Drank         Drunk           Drinking                 Drinks

Forget       Forgot        Forgotten     Forgetting              Forgets


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Participles Imp Rules

Participles can be used in the form of Conjunction for joining two or more sentences. Like

-Diya was walking in the forest. Diya saw a lion.

Here, we can see that the subject in both the sentences is common i.e. Diya, therefore we can use participle at the beginning for joining the sentences. We can rewrite it as

-Walking in the forest, Diya saw a lion. (Walking is participle here)


Rules to be learned:

a) While using participle for joining sentence we should find which action is occurring first and accordingly participle is used. It is incorrect to write:-

Seeing a lion, Diya walks in the forest. (incorrect) [Questions are asked in the competitive exam using wrong order]

b) For every participle a Subject Reference is used means for placing the participle used in joining the sentence we should analyze the common subject as in above the common subject was ‘Diya’, accordingly, we joined the sentence.  Like it is wrong to write:-

walking in the jungle, a lion crossed the way. (incorrect)

as if we break the above sentence, it will be like this- A lion was walking in the jungle, A lion crossed the way. However, in actual the sentences were like this- He was walking in the jungle, A lion crossed the way. Since the subjects are not common correct way of using participle should be like this:-

while he was walking in the jungle, a lion crossed the way. (Questions are framed in exams using incorrect placing of participles).


Previous year exam Questions for clearing doubts if any: -

Being a fine day, he went out for a walk. (incorrect)[if you place he, before being it will not make sense]

It being a fine day, he went out for a walk. (correct)

Being a beautiful painting, it charmed all of us. (correct) )[if you place it, before being it will make sense]


Note: whenever you find any question where it is starting with a participle, analyze the sentence by putting common subject before the participle. Like in the above example -Walking in the forest, Diya saw a lion, analyze it by placing Diya before walking, if the sentence is meaningful it is correct. Else in example walking in the jungle, a lion crossed the way, analyze it by placing Lion before walking, the sentence will not make sense, therefore it is incorrect.

Infinitive Rules

Rules (rule 5 is imp rest you may or may not learn for competitive exams):-

1)     List of Verbs followed by some object + infinitive (Object + to + verb1) :: ask, advice, allow, command, cause, force, forbid, invite, encourage, compel, choose, threaten, beg, order, imagine, instruct, permit, persuade, tell, require, remind, teach, etc. [in active voice]

- She begged to leave her. (incorrect) Here, after beg there should be usage of an object before using infinitive.  

- She begged him to leave her.  (correct) [him is object here]

- The teacher advised me to read from ScoreKhel. (correct)


2)     List of Verbs followed by Infinitive directly (without any object):: appear, seem, attempt, try, arrange, endeavor, begin, decide, desire, remember, forget, stop, fail, happen, hurry, refuse, promise, prove, etc. [in active voice]

- Shyam failed to score well in SSC CGL Exam. (correct) [after fail there is direct usage of infinitive]


3)     List of Verbs that can take infinitive directly or can take object then followed by an infinitive. :: want, wish, promise, etc.

- I want to read from ScoreKhel. (correct)

- I want everyone to read from ScoreKhel. (correct)


4)     Infinitive is used by adding ‘know’ after how, where, when, why.

-They know where/why/when to read Scorekhel.


Zero Infinitive (omission of to):-

 5)     After Modal Auxiliaries like:- can, could, may, might, shall, should, will, would, dare not, need not, etc.

- She might finish tomorrow. (correct)

-  You need not work late hours (correct)


6)     After words let, bid, watch, behold, see, feel, make, etc. in active voice.

-  Let him go.


7)     After Conjunction ‘than’.

- He should better read than play.


8)     After preposition ‘but’ if there is the usage of any form of the verb ‘do’.

- He did nothing but play.

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