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What is your reaction when you read the following?

Two cars, a white stretch limousine and a dark blue sports car, on a one-way street near the Brooklyn Bridge in the rain on October third at 2 a.m.

You probably asked "What happened?" or "What did the cars do?"

In spite of all its details, the sentence needs one more word to make sense out of the rest. The word that is needed is a verb:.

Two cars, a white stretch limousine and a dark blue sports car, crashed on a one-way street near the Brooklyn Bridge in the rain on October third at 2 a.m.

Verbs are words that express action or state of being. Verbs tell us what is happening, what happened, or what will happen.

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