Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Verbs -- Strong and Weak

Verbs -- Strong and Weak

Verb:  A verb, from the Latin verbum meaning word, is a word (part of speech) that conveys an action (bring, read, walk, run, learn), or a state of being (be, exist, stand).
Stong, precise verbs
Weak or overused verbs
She slammed it down.
He slunk (stomped, stormed) into the room.
“I can’t stifle the little feeling of excitement in my stomach.” – Miracle Girls, page 106
“A gush of water squirted into his eyes.” Little Joe, p. 41
“[She was] gazing up at him shyly.” Saving Zoe, p. 110
“His mind flashed with white lightning as he rushed to the wall.”   Where Angles Fall, p. 160
She put it down.
He walked into the room.
I feel excited.

A gush of water went into his eyes.

“She was looking up at him shyly.”

“His mind did strange things as he moved to the wall.

created April 22, 2011 by Ms. Dorsey  -- published originally here April 23, 2011