English 9 Name_________________________
Verbs Period _____ Date_______________
An action verb expresses either physical (climb, sneeze, write, reply, pull) or mental
(suppose, expect, consider, remember, think) action. Some verbs do not express action (am, be,
been, become, seem): They are "state of being" verbs.
A. On the line before each verb below, write P if the verb expresses physical action, M if it
expresses mental action, or N if it expresses no action. Example: ___M__ 1. imagine (10 pts.)
_____1. seem _____11. speak
_____2. dream _____12. know
_____3. type _____13. skid
_____4. stomp _____14. are
_____5. is _____15. cherish
_____6. regret _____16. yearn
_____7. ski _____17. travel
_____8. fly _____18. were
_____9. was _____19. worry
____10. forget _____20. push
B. Underline only the action verbs in the following sentences. Above each, write P if the verb
expresses physical action, or M if it expresses mental action. (9 pts.)
Example: 1. Although my mother very much loves her hobby, she sometimes thinks that is it
1. In her spare time my mother designs and pieces quilts.
2. The first quilt she made is extremely special to me.
3. She used pieces of clothing that I wore when I was an infant.
4. Our friends admire her quilts and say they are incredibly beautiful.
5. My mother gets much joy and satisfaction from her hobby; in fact, she often calls her hobby
a labor of love.
Linking verbs are "state of being" verbs. They link a person, place, thing, or idea to a word or
group of words that describes it. The most commonly used linking verbs are the forms of the
verb be (is, am, was, were, being, been). Other common linking verbs include appear, remain, ,
smell, taste, feel, look, sound- though remember that these can also be used as action verbs.
Example: Tyler is my best friend. (The verb is connects Tyler to friend.)
C. In each of the following sentences, draw one line under the linking verb and two lines under
the words that the verb connects. Example: 1. This yogurt smells absolutely delicious. (6 pts.)
1. In the fall, the weather is often stormy in the late afternoon.
2. The captain of the ship remained calm and optimistic.
3. The air smells salty down here on the beach.
4. Danny seemed confused by the directions you gave him.
5. The tourists were curious about the mysterious cave.
6. The salesperson grew annoyed by the tourists who crowded the store.
Helping verbs help main verbs express action or state of being. These verbs together form a
"verb phrase". Common helping verbs include the be verbs; can, do, have, may, should, will.
Example: I have been researching the Seven Wonders of the World.
D. In each of the following sentences, draw one line under each helping verb and two lines
under each main verb. Example: I can name the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. (6 pts.)
1. The pyramids of Egypt were constructed around 2600 BC.
2. The three pyramids are considered the oldest of the seven wonders.
3. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were built by Nebuchadnezzar around 600 BC.
4. These gardens were set on terraces high above a vaulted building.
5. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was made of ivory and gold.
6. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Mausoleum at
Halicarnassus, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria also are included in this list of wonders.