Touch saved me from loneliness. What will we become without it? (Verbs)

Kelly Ross

Grammar — Intermediate Level
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Identify the verbs in the following sentences


I am afraid of what I will become without touch. Already the frayed edges are beginning to show. So much of my life and the lives of so many women is found through touch. We touch our babies, we hold them to our breasts and bellies, we wash our ageing mothers’ bodies and comb and braid our daughters’ hair. We massage and we pet and we soothe and we tickle. We do this with each other.

I have been blessed to feel and embrace and be embraced by women all over the world. To hold their stories and their hands, weep with them in my arms. We know how to do this, women. We know how to express loss and grief with our shuddering bodies and tears, transform our rage into medicine with the simplest caress. We know how the body is filled with microaggressions and macro ones. We know how to loosen ourselves into grieving and tighten ourselves into rage. And many of us are practised in that particular hug that shelters, that relieves, that confirms. Hugging is how we know we are here. How we feel each others’ existence and meaning and value and substance. How we transmit our love, our empathy, our care.
  1. "I am afraid of what I will become without touch."
    Which is the modal verb in this sentence?

  2. "We do this with each other."
    What is the function of 'do' in this sentence?

  3. "I have been blessed to feel and embrace and be embraced by women all over the world."
    What is the function of 'have' in this sentence?

  4. "We know how to loosen ourselves into grieving and tighten ourselves into rage."
    How many verbs are on this sentence?

  5. "How we feel each others’ existence and meaning and value and substance."
    How many verbs are on this sentence?

Discussion

Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below


  1. How important is human touch to you?

  2. How do you express your love and care towards/for someone?

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