Content Grammar

Dickens's Verbs

Work Time

Dickens’s choice of verbs gives the reader additional and different understanding of both the “partners” point of view and the narrator’s point of view. With your partner, complete the following.

  • Highlight all the verbs that are forms of “ to be .”
  • Next, underline all the verbs that indicate action.
  • When you have finished highlighting and underlining, consider the sequence, number and parallel syntax of the “ to be ” verbs and theactive verbs .
  • Discuss what that might suggest about the nature of Tellson’s and its employees.
  • Do the sequence, number and parallel syntax also suggest anything about the narrator’s point of view toward Tellson’s?