· 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
Go to http://eslus.com/LESSONS/GRAMMAR/POS/pos3.htm 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 http://www.rhlschool.com/eng5n3.htm 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 http://www.rhlschool.com/eng5n2.htm and the “Regular and Irregular Verbs” exercise at http://www.rhlschool.com/eng4n6.htm can be printed out and completed on paper. Ask your instructor to check your answers when you are finished.