Updated: Nov 16, 2022
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!