Verb – a word that expresses action or a state of being
Examples of action = run, sleep and ate. Examples of state = am, are, is, were, have, had, being, been.
Someone got drunk and verbally (verb) abused Grandma because they thought their jacket had been taken.
To remember that verbs are action and state-of-being words, see the following:
After the verbal abuse (verb) Grandma took action by phoning the police.
The police arrived and took statements (state) from everyone.