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Thanks guys for the help, I did think that:

"The baby was fed" & "The paper should be photocopies" were the only 2 passive verbs out of the ones I listed.

Now I need a bit of help with some verbs, I have to identify some words to say whether they are verbs or not:

Achieve

Help

Organising

Study

Assistance

Sugestions

Supportive

Apparently there are only 4 out of this list, what do you think? Aren't all these words indicating occurance or action? The more I look at the words, the more confused I become.......
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Most of the time, if the word makes sense at the end of "Tom wants to ...", it's a verb.

Would you say "Tom wants to assistance"? I don't think so.
Would you say "Tom wants to study"? Sounds OK to me.

It's not 100% fail-proof, but it works most of the time.

CJ
PS. Feel free to substitute other names for "Tom"! Emotion: smile
Jim, that's a neat rule, and a new one for me.

Looking at the list, I saw that it won't help with the progressive form, so can we add that if you can finish the phrase "Tom needs help ..." with a word, it's also likely to be a verb? Tom needs help organizing the birthday party, Barb needs help mowing the lawn?

Oh... wait. You can say "Tom needs help quickly" so that doesn't work. But can you help me modify the rule to it WOULD help with the progressive form? "Tom needs help ____ a ____"?
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Ok it might help if I give you the full passage. I am asked to identify the 4 verbs below which are in present tense:

"The results of a recent study revealed that learners who embarked on vocational courses during 2003, in either educational establishments or in their place of work, found great difficulty organising their free time. When they try to include the study needed to achieve the results they hope to gain they often sought out their tutor or trainer and ask for assistance with this difficult aspect of time management. This request for help generally resulted in useful suggestions and the learners find that their tutors, teachers or trainers were supportive."
PRESENT tense only?

they try

they hope

they ... ask

the learners find

However, I find this sentence quite difficult to parse: When they try to include the study needed to achieve the results they hope to gain they often sought out their tutor or trainer and ask for assistance with this difficult aspect of time management. I think it should be "asked."
The passage is copied correctly. What I am asked to do is to identify the four verbs which are in present tense and write them down as the past tense. That's why I thought the following may be correct: help, (helped), organise (organised), achieve (achieved) and maybe supportive (supported)

I'm still trying to work what a verb means, I know the dictionary definition but trying to put that into practice is more difficult!!
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Well, I gave you the verbs in the present in my prior post. The passage is quite complicated.

Verbs show what someone does. I cry, I feel, I ask, I jump, I help, I laugh... but yes, once you have to do it in practice, it is harder. And this was, in my opinion, a difficult bit of reading for someone learning the language.
I get it now, it is the "doing word" in a sentence. Sorry but is "they hope" a verb then? Isn't to sought out their tutor some kind of action and therefore a verb? They are trying finding their tutor for assistance.....no am I going mad?

What is "hope?"
Sought is indeed a verb, but it's not in the present tense. The present form of sought is seek.

Not all verbs are actions like you picture them. While it's easy to picture someone run or jump, it's harder to picture what someone who "feels" or "hopes" is DOING. But they are still verbs.
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