·        To become familiar with the rules that govern the use of verbs in well-written sentences

·        To develop basic skills in the use of verbs in standard written English




·        To recognize properly used verbs in pre-written sentences




Whenever you describe an event or the process of doing something, you use verbs to explain the actions involved.  For each of the following activities, on a separate piece of paper list eight specific, descriptive verbs that might be needed to explain the action.  For example, verbs you might use to describe how to wash a car include:  spray, lather, reach, scrub, clean, rinse, wipe, and polish.


Try it with these:        a)  Make a Dagwood sandwich

                                    b)  Plant a garden


New Instruction:


Go to for an introduction to verbs and their usage.  When you feel ready, take the pop quiz that follows the information.  Immediate feedback is provided.  Goal:  at least 8 out of 10 correct.


Feedback and Review:


A verb is a word that shows action or state of being, and every sentence has one.  Verbs can change form to show different meanings involving tense, person, number and voice.  A clear understanding of these differences will make it easier to write effectively.  A verb and its subject must always agree, or match up, with regard to person and number.


Transfer of Knowledge or Skills:


Go to and find the “Noun and Verb Twins” in the sentences provided.  Be sure you understand which is which—usage is the key.  The “Verb Search” at and the “Regular and Irregular Verbs” exercise at can be printed out and completed on paper.  Ask your instructor to check your answers when you are finished. 


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