Action Verbs
   Explode! Scream! Sneeze! Type! Kick! What are    these words doing?    ◦ They are expressing action, something that a ...
©1997 - 2012 by Robin L. Simmons AllRights Reserved.
   Some verbs cannot be used in the progressive    tenses. They are called non-action verbs.   Non-action verbs indicate...
   The most common non-action verbs: be* seem Appear*                   (existence) Look*                   Taste* S...
Like PreferWant Love*      (desire)Have*         OwnPossess       (possession)Think*        BelieveConsider*     (opinion)...
   Note the usage in the following sentences:    ◦ Mr. Smith is seeming like a nice guy (Wrong!)    ◦ Mr. Smith seems lik...
   The situation determines whether the action or    non-action form of the verb is used.    ◦   Those flowers look beaut...
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Action verbs

  1. 1. Action Verbs
  2. 2.  Explode! Scream! Sneeze! Type! Kick! What are these words doing? ◦ They are expressing action, something that a person, animal, force of nature, or thing can do. As a result, these words are called action verbs. ◦ Example: ◦ In the library and at church, Michele giggles inappropriately. ◦ Giggling is something that Michele can do.  *They can be used in the progressive tenses!!!
  3. 3. ©1997 - 2012 by Robin L. Simmons AllRights Reserved.
  4. 4.  Some verbs cannot be used in the progressive tenses. They are called non-action verbs. Non-action verbs indicate state, sense, desire, possession, or opinion.
  5. 5.  The most common non-action verbs: be* seem Appear* (existence) Look* Taste* Sound* Feel* Smell* (senses)
  6. 6. Like PreferWant Love* (desire)Have* OwnPossess (possession)Think* BelieveConsider* (opinion)*Verbs with an * have both action and non action meanings.
  7. 7.  Note the usage in the following sentences: ◦ Mr. Smith is seeming like a nice guy (Wrong!) ◦ Mr. Smith seems like a nice guy. (Correct) ◦ This salad is tasting delicious (Wrong!) ◦ This salad tastes delicious (Correct) ◦ I am liking banana cream pie. (Wrong!) ◦ I like banana cream pie. (Correct)
  8. 8.  The situation determines whether the action or non-action form of the verb is used. ◦ Those flowers look beautiful (Non-action) ◦ Flora is looking out of the window (Action) ◦ I think that’s a great idea (Non-action) ◦ I am thinking about my upcoming speech (Action) ◦ We have a brand new car (Non-action) ◦ We are having a party this weekend (Action) ◦ Craig is a real estate agent. (Non-action) ◦ Billy is being naughty today (Action) (From eslgold.com)

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