Nouns and Verbs



A noun is a naming word.  It names a person, a place or a thing.

Common Nouns refer to common, everyday things.

Person Place Thing
girl home butterfly
doctor church dog
mailman school clock


Proper Nouns refer to specific things that are unique or have names. Proper nouns begin with capital letters.
Person Place Thing
Mrs. Hogan Disney World Statue of Liberty
Arthur Winn Dixie Coca Cola
George Washington Oak Mountain Elementary School Hershey Kiss

Nouns Test


Action Verbs: Active Anna

Here is a little story to help you learn about Action Verbs.

       Anna 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. Action/Verb.
       "So?" Anna replied as she leapt out the door.
      She raced her friend, Donna Direct-Object, all the way to school. But she couldn't sit still. Ms. Sentence, the teacher, tapped her ruler on her desk and said, "Anna, SIT STILL!"
       "Yes, ma'am," 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!
       So Anna learned to do flips only in gymnastics and to learn in school instead.

You should have learned in this story that action verbs are used to show when somebody does something. 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:
    My dog runs faster than yours. (present tense)
    Yesterday he ran around the block. (past tense)
    Tomorrow he will run in a race. (future tense)
  • 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.

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