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Descriptive Writing: Using Powerful Verbs

In this worksheet, students practise choosing more powerful verbs to make their descriptive writing more effective.

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'Descriptive Writing: Using Powerful Verbs' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar: Nouns, Verbs & Tenses

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Worksheet Overview

The words we use in descriptive writing can have a powerful effect on our readers. This is particularly true of verbs (action words).


For example, there is nothing wrong with the first sentence below, but the second one creates a more vivid impression by using the verb hurtled.


The train left the station at top speed.

The train hurtled from the station.


In this activity, you can practise replacing everyday verbs with more powerful ones. You may find a dictionary helpful.

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