Things You Should Know About Action Verbs

The action verbs are the verbs that expresses something that a person, animal, object, or process in nature (such as a storm) can do rather than expressing a state of being. What exactly does this mean? Let’s look at this example:

  • Jhon plays soccer.

In this sentence, the verb plays expresses an action that Andre does: Andre physically plays the sport of rugby. That is why plays is an action verb.

These verbs are often contrasted and should not be confused with two other types of verbs: stative verbs and linking verbs. An Action verb shows up everywhere in our speech and writing. Try listing out the first few verbs that pop into your head. Most of them are probably action verbs! Here is a list of examples in English.

Examples of Action Verbs

Accumulate Run Merge Organize
Jumped Divide Officiate Allocate
Research File Arrange Spoke
Assemble Place Plan Act
Enforce Enlist Command Thought
Observed Built Closed Kept

It’s important to know the difference between the action verb and another common type of verb, the linking verb. Linking verbs are very common and useful in language, but in descriptive writing, it’s encouraged to use action verbs when you can (more on that later!)

To Conclude

  • Action verbs tell what the subject of our sentence is doing. Action verbs can be used to express physical or mental actions..
  • Action verbs have impact and provide instant information.
  • They help the reader picture the subject engaged in the activity in a clear, precise manner.

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