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For now, we will ignore the distinction between action and linking verbs and concentrate on identifying verbs as a part of speech distinct from the other parts of speech. The defining characteristic of all verbs is that verbs (and only verbs) have tenses: present, past, and future. Unless a word can be used in the present, past, and future tense, it is not a verb—no exceptions. Verbs come in two flavors: regular and irregular. Regular verbs form their past tenses in an absolutely regular way by adding -ed (sometimes just -d if the verb already ends in an e).

For this second edition of the book, we have revised and updated Chapter 12, “Apostrophes,” to cover the most current preferences in using apostrophes for plurals of letters. We have also added a new chapter, Chapter 17, “Grammar Etiquette for Digital Communication,” offering guidance regarding the increasingly complex and varied world of online communication. We focus on how linguistic choices in text messages, e-mails, Facebook updates, tweets, and more affect not only clarity but also the way the writer is perceived.

Not only was it a stupid movie, but it also lasted three hours. Prepositions Prepositions are “little words” such as by, to, with, about, over, etc. They are used to make prepositional phrases. Prepositional phrases consist of a preposition plus its object, which can be either a noun (with or without adjective modifiers) or a pronoun. Here are some examples of prepositional phrases (prepositions in italics, objects in bold): in the morning under the bridge by Shakespeare to them Prepositions are part of a package deal.

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