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Verbs are words that show actions, motions, doing, or states of being. They can also demonstrate how someone feels. Verbs are an absolutely necessary part of sentences. A sentence cannot work without an action verb.
Examine the sentences below. The verbs, or words of action, are in bold.
John went to the zoo yesterday.
The dog ran down the street.
Ben opened the refrigerator to get the lemonade.
The child accidentally cut his finger on the scissors.
Beethoven made beautiful music.
You can figure out and locate the verbs in a sentence by asking, “what did this person or thing do?” In the first sentence, you can see that John is our subject. If we ask, “What did John do,” then we can see that he went somewhere, specifically the zoo. The sentences above show actions that the person, object, or animal is doing. Action verbs are all the things you can do with your body, like jump, skip, hop, run, smell, swim, swing, leap, sit, look, hear, whistle, talk, climb, crawl, cry, scream, yell, laugh, hug, poke, kick, etc.
Verbs can also show states of being or emotions. They can describe how someone feels. For example, look at the sentences below.
Sara feels bad today because her head hurts.
Tom was sad yesterday.
I am happy because my family got a puppy.
Beethoven was one of the best composers of his time.
Dr. Seuss is a writer.
In the sentences above, the subjects of the sentences are not necessarily doing anything or performing an action. Instead, the verbs show states of being or emotions. For instance, the first sentence describes how Sara feels by using the verb feels. The verb was, used in the second sentence, shows how Tom felt the day prior. You notice that sentence four describes Beethoven’s position in history as one of the best composers. Beethoven is not doing anything in this sentence. Instead, the sentence describes his position in history. The fifth sentence describes the profession of Dr. Seuss, rather than showing action. Verbs can work by showing states of being, professions, and feelings.
The following diagram is a visual way to understand verbs. Each verb needs a subject, or a person/place/thing that does the action. The action then matches the verb.
Subject / Verb
Let’s see this diagram with sentences.
1. John bought bananas at the market.
John / bought bananas at the market
2. I ran a marathon last week.
I / ran a marathon last week.
3. Tom jumped rope today.
Tom / jumped rope today.
This bundle contains 5 ready-to-use Verb worksheets that are perfect to test student knowledge and understanding of verbs which are words that show actions, motions, doing, or states of being.
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