What⛹🏻 Are 🚴🏻‍♀️Action Verbs🏃‍♀️?


Action verbs🚴🏻‍♀️ are words💬 that explain🗣 and help us understand exactly what a noun does, can do, or has done.


Everything and everybody does something, just like every place can!


In order to learn👨‍🏫 English well, it is very important to remember 🚧 what a noun is so that you can understand 🧠what an action 🚴🏻‍♀️ verb is and how you can use them both in a sentence 🧑🏾‍🤝‍🧑🏾 together.



Remembering🧠 nouns

Every noun has a possible 🚴🏻‍♀️action verb.


Let’s remind ourselves of what a noun is. A noun is a word 💬for a person🧑, a place🏩 or a 🍎 thing. A noun🗣 describes anything that you can ✋🏽touch, 👀see, smell👃🏻, taste 👅 or hear👂🏻. A noun is the subject within a sentence.


Person:🧑

  • Jenny👩

  • Teacher👩‍🏫

  • Grandparent👨‍🦳

Place:🏩

  • School🏫

  • Home🏡

  • Seaside🌊

Thing:🍎

  • Ice Cream🍦

  • Pencil✏️

  • Television📺


Examples of action🏃verbs


It might be tricky to spot when you first ☝️ start to learn English, but you just have to think🧠 about what the noun, or subject, can do even if that thing 🧢 or person 🧍🏻 isn’t doing it all the time.


Sometimes, the word💬 for the action🏃 verb itself can change depending on the tense in which it is used; in the past🔙, in the future🔜, or right ⬇️ now. Some examples of this are below. The action verb is in bold, and you will see 🌚 that the word changes depending on when the action🏃 was done.


Eat 🍽


The word eat🍽 is used differently depending on when the action happened. You can see that the word changes when used to describe something that has happened in the🔙 past.

  • You can 🍽 eat an🍎 apple.

This is what you (the noun) can do (action verb) now.

  • You🍽 ate an 🍎 apple.

This is what you (the noun) did do (action verb) in the past.

  • You🍽 will eat an 🍎 apple.

This is what you (the noun) can, or will, do (action verb) in the future.



Play🤸‍♂️


This time, all three 3️⃣ tenses have an effect on the same word and how it is used in a 💬 sentence.

  • Jenny plays🤸‍♂️ with your toys🧩.

The wordplay is what Jenny (the noun) can do (action verb) now.

  • Jenny played 🤸‍♂️with your toys🤸‍♂🧩.

The word played is what Jenny (the noun) did do (action verb) in the past.

  • Jenny will be playing🤸‍♂️ with your toys🧩.

The word playing is what Jenny (the noun) can, or will, do (action verb) in the future.



Teach👩‍🏫


Just like play, the word teach is also used in different ways.

  • The teacher 👩‍🏫 is teaching the class🏫.

The word teaching is what the teacher (the noun) can do (action verb) now.

  • The teacher👩‍🏫 taught the class🏫.

The word teaching is what the teacher (the noun) did do (action verb) in the past.

  • The teacher👩‍🏫 will teach the class🏫.

The word teach is what the teacher (the noun) can, or will, do (action verb) in the future.



Can you spot the action verb?


Remember🧠, the action verb is something that a subject (the noun) is 🤸‍♂️ doing, can do, or has done. Let’s see if you can find the action verbs in the sentences ⬇️ below.

  • The ice cream 🍦 melts in the 🌞 sunshine.

  • My grandparents👵🏽 🧓🏽 always hug🙆🏽‍♀️ me.

  • Jenny laughed🤣as she closed the🚪 door.

Tip - there can be more than ☝🏾 one action verb in a sentence, so look👀 closely and see if you can 🕵️ spot them!







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