In a sentence, the verb describes the main action or state of the subject. Different types of verbs have different functions:
Verbs also show the time frame of the action (past, present, future):
In most sentences, the verb comes after its subject. The subject is usually a noun (a person, place or thing), for example, he ran; their pet Siamese cat mewed.
A sentence is built up from words. Sometimes words are grouped together in phrases.
A phrase acts as a single unit of meaning – for example ‘their pet Siamese cat’, ‘the fast-paced Hollywood film’. A phrase does not include a verb.
You can tell if a group of words is a phrase because it can always be replaced by a single word, eg the phrase ‘pet Siamese cat’ would be replaced by the single word ‘cat’ and still have the same basic meaning. We use phrases to add more detail to our writing.