Here is a little story to help you learn about Action
Action/Verb jumped from bed on
Monday. She ran to the breakfast
table, doing three cartwheels on the way.
"Anna, you are too
active!" said Mrs.
replied as she leapt out
her friend, Donna Direct-Object, all the way to school. But
sit still. Ms. Sentence, the teacher,
tapped her ruler on her desk and
said, "Anna, SIT
Anna said as she
picked up her pencil.
When the class
lined up for Art, Patrick Pronoun
whispered, "You'd better
stop being so active. You'll get
into trouble." But Anna was seeing
how long she could hop on one
foot and not trip over Donna.
The Art teacher, Mrs.
Preposition, was showing the
class how to draw snowflakes when
Anna tipped over in her chair.
Then she did five somersaults
right into a table. Anna got a
bruise on her forehead and had to
go to the nurse.
Then Mr. Noun, the
principal, wrote a note home to
Anna's parents. And can you guess
what Mr. and Mrs. Action/Verb decided?
No gymnastics, Anna's favorite class, for a week!
learned to do flips only in gymnastics and to learn
in school instead.
You should have learned in
this story that . Action verbs
in this story are colored red.
A few other points to remember:
- Action verbs can also be actions you can't see such as: Sue
thought about pets. She
wanted a puppy.
- Action verbs are time-telling verbs. They also tell when
something takes place. Examples:
runs faster than yours.
ran around the block.
will run in a race.
- Actions verbs main be used alone as the main verb of a
sentence; as in: My kitten
fell into the pond. Or
the action verb may use a helping verb; as in: If
you get too close to the edge, you
will fall too.
So, do you think you understand Action Verbs? Try taking
our little test to check your knowledge! Or learn more about
Helping and Main Verbs or State-of-being Verbs.