To understand what verbs are and be able use them in your writing.
This lesson includes:
two videos to help you understand verbs
A verb is a word used to describe an action, state or occurrence. Every proper sentence you write should include a verb.
Watch this clip to learn more about verbs and how they are used.
- Verbs can be used to describe an action (doing something).
For example, the word ‘jumping’ in this sentence:
The rabbit was jumping in the field.
- They can also be used to describe a state (being or feeling something).
For example, the word ‘likes’ here:
The monster likes rollercoasters.
- Or a verb can be used to describe an occurrence (something happening).
For example, the word ‘became’ in this sentence:
The caterpillar became a butterfly.
Check how well you understand verbs with these two short activities.
1. Highlight all the verbs in the sentences.
Remember: Verbs can describe an action, state or occurrence.
2. Now complete this verbs quiz. Can you get all five questions correct?
Look at the 'Identifying Verbs Picture Cards' activity sheet below.
On a sheet of paper, write one verb that you can see happening in each picture. You should have a list of 12 verbs when you've finished.
Verbs are 'doing words' so ask yourself: 'What can I see the person doing in the picture?' That will give you your verb.
Choose four of the verbs that you came up with from the pictures in Activity 2.
Write one sentence using each verb.
For example: They are building a snowman in the freezing cold.