by Kitty Nash
Verbs fall into three categories: action, helping, and linking.
Definition: Action verbs name a physical or mental (abstract) action.
Cats meow loudly. (physical)
Trucks speed down the highway. (physical)
Waves crash on the shore. (physical)
Students learn new material. (abstract)
Action verbs can be transitive or intransitive. Transitive action verbs "transfer" their action to a direct object. Intransitive action verbs have nothing to "transfer" their action to.
The actress wiped the tears from her eyes. (transitive - Wiped what? Wiped tears.)
The windshield wipers wiped across the windshield. (intransitive - Wiped what? Nothing.)
Practice What You've Learned
- Click on the action verbs in each phrase.
- When you ride your jetski, always wear your life jacket.
- If you cook that chicken, please thaw it first.
- When I watch movies, I always eat popcorn.
- I used my new camera when I took those pictures.
- We often wonder what we will do after we graduate from high school.
- The principal walked into the classroom, sat in the back row, and observed the class.
- The fire burned brightly in the fireplace as the children roasted marshmallows.
- My little cousin often pretends that she understands what our dog says.
- My sister jumped into the pool and splashed water all over the dry towels.
- On Saturdays we cook tacos and eat them while we watch television.