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Verbs
"We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing - an actor, a writer - I am a person who does things = I write, I act = and I never know what I'm going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun." Stephen Fry

Some Irregular Verbs
Verb Past Tense Past Participle
awake awoke awoken
be was/were been
beat beat beaten
become became become
begin began begun
bend bent bent
bring brought brought
build built built
buy bought bought
choose chose chosen
come came come
do did done
draw drew drawn
drive drove driven
drink drank drunk
eat ate eaten
fall fell fallen
fight fought fought
find found found
forgive forgave forgiven
freeze froze frozen
get got gotten
give gave given
go went gone
grow grew grown
hang hung hung
have had had
hear heard heard
hide hid hidden
hit hit hit
hold held held
hurt hurt hurt
keep kept kept
know knew known
lead led led
Verb Past Tense Past Participle
learn learn/learnt learn/learnt
leave left left
let let let
lie lay lain
lose lost lost
make made made
mean meant meant
meet met met
pay paid paid
put put put
read read read
ring rang rung
ride rode ridden
rise rose risen
run ran run
say said said
see saw seen
sell sold sold
sing sang sung
sit sat sat
sleep slept slept
speak spoke spoken
spend spent spent
stand stood stood
swim swam swum
teach taught taught
tear tore torn
tell told told
think thought thought
throw threw thrown
understand understood understood
wake woke woken
wear wore worn
win won won
write wrote written
A verb is a word that describes an action or a state of being, like wiggle, walk, run, jump, be, do, have, or think.

Regular and Irregular Verbs
There are two types of verbs - regular and irregular.

Regular verbs are those whose past tense (for example, "I looked") and past participle (for example, "I had looked") are formed by following the standard rule: adding a "d" or an "ed" to the end of the verb (sometimes a final consonant is doubled, and if there is a y at the end of the word after a consonant, it changes to an "ied"). Walk is an example of a regular verb: I walk. You walked. They had walked. Another example is plan: I plan. She planned. They have planned. Another example is carry: I carry it. He carried it. They have carried it.

Irregular verbs are those whose past tense (for example, "I rode") and past participle (for example, "I had ridden") have forms that do not follow the standard rules. There are many irregular verbs (over 250) in English, inluding be, break, bring, come, cut, eat, go, meet, run, swim, and many more. The chart to the right lists some irregular verbs.

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Verbs:
Little Explorers Picture Dictionary

A page of action words from the Little Explorers Picture Dictionary in English.

What Am I? Verbs
For each picture, choose the verb that best describes it. Or go to the answers.



List of Words: Verbs

This is a word bank of common verbs, regular and irregular.


List of Irregular Verbs

This is a word bank of irregular verbs in English.


List of Regular Verbs

This is a word bank of regular verbs in English.
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Find Verbs

Find eight verbs. Sample answers: run, think, see, ride, walk, study, read, feel.
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Write Eight Movement Verbs

Think of and write eight movement verbs. Then, for each word, write a sentence containing the word. Sample answers: go, trot, jog, scurry, crawl, jump, hop, leap, fly, slither, burrow.
Verb for Each Letter

Find a Verb for Each Letter

See if you can think of and write down an action word (verb) that starts with each letter of the alphabet. Or go to a sample answer page.
circle adjective, underline noun

Circle Nouns, Underline Verbs #1

Circle the nouns and underline the verbs in the sentences in this printable worksheet. Or go to the answers.
circle adjective, underline noun

Circle Nouns, Underline Verbs #2

Circle the nouns and underline the verbs in the sentences in this printable worksheet. Or go to the answers.
Adverbs

Circle Adverbs, Underline Verbs

Circle the adverb and underline the verb it describes in the sentences in this printable worksheet. Or go to the answers.
circle adjective, underline noun

To Be: Fill in the Blank

Fill in the correct form of the present tense of the verb to be: is, are, am. Or go to the answers.
circle adjective, underline noun

To Be: Fill in the Blank #2

Fill in the correct form of the present tense of the verb to be: is, are, am. Or go to the answers.
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To Be (Present Tense)

Circle the correct form of the present tense of the verb "to be." Or go to the answers.
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To Be (Past Tense)

Circle the correct form of the past tense verb "to be." Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Verbs Word Pieces Puzzle

In this puzzle, combine pairs of word segments to make verbs spelling words. Words: answer, build, create, dance, describe, drive, escape, exercise, exhale, lalugh, sleep, speak. Or go to the answers.
I'll
(I will)


Contractions

A contraction is a shortened form of one or two words (usually verbs). Some contractions are: I'm (I am), can't (cannot), how's (how is), and Ma'am (Madam).
Find a word for each letter

Find a Substitute for the Word "Said" for Each Letter

See if you can think of and write down a substitute for "said" for each letter of the alphabet. Or go to a sample answer page.
Find a word for each letter

Find a Substitute for the Word "Went" for Each Letter

See if you can think of and write down a substitute for "went" for each letter of the alphabet. These words can be useful for less repetitive writing. Or go to a sample answer page.
Write Words by Category

Write Verbs by Category #1

Write 5 verbs for each category. The categories include: Sports-Related Verbs, School-Related Verbs, Transportation-Related Verbs, Vacation-Related Verbs, Weather-Related Verbs, Computer-Related Verbs, Art-Related Verbs, Math-Related Verbs. Or go to sample answers.
Write Words by Category

Write Verbs by Category #2

Write 5 verbs for each category. The categories include: Cooking-Related Verbs, Woodworking Verbs, Clothes-Related Verbs, Farm-Related Verbs, Flower-Related Verbs, Science-Related Verbs, Military-Related Verbs, Beach-Related Verbs. Or go to sample answers.
Write Words by Category

Write Verbs by Category #3

Write 5 verbs for each category. The categories include: Cleaning-Related Verbs, Driving Verbs, Shopping-Related Verbs, Email-Related Verbs, Library-Related Verbs, Eating-Related Verbs, Hospital-Related Verbs, Birthday-Related Verbs. Or go to sample answers.
Write Words by Category

Write Animal-Related Verbs by Category

Write 5 animal-related verbs for each category. The categories include: Bee-Related Verbs, Bird-Related Verbs, Whale-Related Verbs, Snake-Related Verbs, Cat-Related Verbs, Fish-Related Verbs, Dog-Related Verbs, Horse-Related Verbs. Or go to sample answers.
Write Words by Category

Write Job-Related Verbs by Category

Write 5 occupation words for each category. The categories include: Driver-Related Verbs, Teacher-Related Verbs, Doctor-Related Verbs, Athlete-Related Verbs, Farmer-Related Verbs, Soldier-Related Verbs, Performer-Related Verbs, Chef-Related Verbs. Or go to sample answers.
Write Words by Category

Write Sports Verbs by Category

Write 5 athlete-related verbs for each category. The categories include: Runner-Related Verbs, Gymnast-Related Verbs, Baseball Verbs, Football Verbs, Basketball Verbs, Soccer Verbs, Tennis Verbs, Miscellaneous Athletic Verbs. Or go to sample answers.
Adverb-verb for Each Letter

Find an Adverb-Verb Alliteration for Each Letter

See if you can think of and write down an adverb-verb alliteration (for example, accurately adding) for each letter of the alphabet. Or go to a sample answer page.


List of Words: Words That Are Both Nouns and Verbs

This is a bank of words that are both nouns and verbs.


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