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What are Action Verbs?

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Pip and Koko are looking at the brochure for the Action Verbs Vacation Resort. They’re trying to decide if they want to go, so they need to look at the action verbs pictures and learn what are action verbs examples. Let’s look at action verbs with pictures with Koko and Pip!

What are Action Verbs?

A verb tells us what the subject in a sentence is doing. Remember, the subject represents who or what the sentence is about. You’ll see as you learn about action verbs 3rd grade, that they are similar to other verbs.

An action verb is a type of verb that expresses physical or mental action. Physical action refers to something your body can do. Mental action refers to something your brain can do.

Common action verbs have many different uses. You may see examples of action verbs for essays, action verbs for kids, action verbs for writing, and action verbs for teaching. What are action verbs examples? The next section will show action verbs sentences with examples of action verbs.

Action Verbs Present Tense Examples

Physical Action Verbs Examples

Remember, physical action refers to something your body can do. For example, Pip and Koko open the brochure.

Koko-and-Pip-opening-and-holding-the-brochure-action-verbs.svg

To identify the action verb:

  • Find the subject of the sentence

_Koko-and-Pip-subject-opening-and-holding-the-brochure-action-verbs.svg

In this sentence there are two subjects: Pip and Koko.

  • Now, think: what is the subject doing?

Open is what Pip and Koko are physically doing, so it is the action verb.

Here is a physical action verbs list, so you can see some more examples:

  • run
  • touch
  • sing
  • play

Mental Action Verbs Examples

Remember, mental action refers to something your brain can do. For example, Pip and Koko consider all of the activities at the resort.

Koko-and-Pip-thinking-bubble-and-holding-the-brochure-action-verbs.svg

To identify the action verb:

  • Find the subject of the sentence

In this sentence there are two subjects: Pip and Koko.

  • Now, think: what is the subject doing?

Koko-and-Pip-action-verb-consider-and-holding-the-brochure-action-verbs.svg

Consider is what Pip and Koko are mentally doing, so it is the action verb.

Want some more examples of mental action verbs? Here is a list of action verbs:

  • dream
  • wonder
  • know
  • imagine

These are just some of the verbs that can be used in the sentences with action verbs! There are so many more!

##What are Action Verbs? Summary

An action verb is a type of verb that expresses physical or mental action. Physical action refers to something your body can do. Mental action refers to something your brain can do.

Don’t feel quite ready to use action verbs in a sentence yet? Don’t worry! On this website you will find action verbs worksheets or an action verbs worksheet along with practice exercises so you can keep practicing!

Transcript What are Action Verbs?

"Koko, look! I found where we can go on our vacation!" "Hmm...it says 'Action Verbs Vacation Resort'. (...) I wonder what kinds of activities they'll have for us?" What is an Action Verb? A verb tells us what the subject in a sentence is doing. Remember, the subject represents who or what the sentence is about. An action verb is a type of verb that expresses PHYSICAL or MENTAL action. Physical action refers to something your body can do. For example, Pip and Koko open the brochure. To identify the action verb... first, find the subject of the sentence. In this sentence there are two subjects: Pip and Koko. Now, think: what is the subject doing? Open' is what Pip and Koko are PHYSICALLY doing, so it is the action verb. Mental action refers to something your brain can do. For example, Pip and Koko consider all of the activities at the resort. There are also two subjects in this sentence: Pip and Koko. Now, to find the action verb, think: what is the subject doing? Consider' is something Pip and Koko's brains are doing, so it is the action verb. Let's look at some action verbs from the brochure. You can swim in one of our heated pools. What is the action verb? (...) Swim is an action verb because it refers to a physical movement that can be done by the subject, you! The next activity says: Can you imagine a room with a view like this? What is the action verb? (...) Imagine is something YOUR brain can do, so it is the action verb. A sentence MAY have more than one action verb, like this one: It's hard to believe how many water activities we offer, you just have to see for yourself! What are the action verbs? (...) Believe and see are BOTH action verbs. What kind of action verbs are they? (...) Believe is a MENTAL action verb because it's something your brain can do... and see is a PHYSICAL action verb because it's something your body can do! Now that Pip and Koko know all about what the resort has to offer, let's summarize! Remember,(...) an action verb is a type of verb that expresses a physical or mental action. Physical action refers to something your body can do. Mental action refers to something your brain can do. To identify the action verb in a sentence... think: what is the subject doing? "Alright Pip, I'm ready for some ACTION!" "Toooooo much ACTION PIP!"

What are Action Verbs? exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video What are Action Verbs? .
  • What is an action verb?

    Hints

    An adjective is used to describe a person, place, or thing.

    A noun is a person, place, or thing.

    Solution

    An action verb is a type of verb that expresses physical or mental action. Opening the brochure is a physical action because Pip and Koko are using their hands.

  • Identify if the action verb in the sentence is a physical or mental action verb.

    Hints

    The action verb can be a physical action, such as opening something with your hands.

    An action verb can be a mental action such as considering something with your mind.

    There are two of each type of action verbs.

    Solution

    An action verb expresses the physical or mental action of the subject in a sentence.

  • Determine if the action verb in each sentence is a physical or mental action verb.

    Hints

    There are two physical actions and three mental actions.

    Solution

    An action verb expresses the physical or mental action of the subject in a sentence.

  • Identify the subject and action verb in each sentence.

    Hints
    Solution

    The subjects are highlighted in green and the action verbs are highlighted in violet.

  • Which sentence uses more than one action verb?

    Hints

    Mental action refers to something your brain can do. In this picture, Pip and Koko are considering all of the activities they can do.

    Physical action refers to something your body can do. In this picture, Pip and Koko are opening a brochure.

    Which choice has both a physical action verb and a mental action verb in it?

    Solution

    This sentence has both a physical and mental action verb.

  • Identify the action verb.

    Hints

    Physical action refers to something your body can do. In this picture, Pip and Koko are opening a brochure.

    Mental action refers to something your brain can do. In this picture, Pip and Koko are considering all of the activities they can do.

    An action verb is a type of verb that expresses physical or mental action. Look for context clues in the sentences to choose the correct action verb.

    Solution

    An action verb is a type of verb that expresses physical or mental action.