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Identify Powerful Verbs in Sentences 2

In this worksheet, students identify powerful verbs in sentences and consider what they can tell us about a character's feelings.

'Identify Powerful Verbs in Sentences 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  English

Curriculum subtopic:  Grammar: Nouns, Verbs & Tenses

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Using a powerful verb can tell us how an action is performed, but it can also give us more information about how a character is feeling.

 

Read these two sentences:

Zahra trudged home after the netball match.

Zahra strolled home after the netball match.

 

They both tell us that Zahra walked home slowly, but the verb trudged also tells us that Zahra walked with heavy steps and in a tired way, so we can guess that her team probably lost the match.

The verb strolled tells us that Zahra walked in a relaxed way, so we can guess that she is feeling happy because her team won the match.

Read this sentence:

 

Holly lingered at the window and watched her father drive slowly away.

 

Which verb has been used to suggest that Holly stayed where she was for a long time and didn't want to leave?

Write it in the box.

Read these sentences:

 

Kevin sauntered up to Andrew and looked him straight in the eye.

'I'm not scared of you,' he said.

 

Which verb has been used to suggest that Kevin walked in a slow and confident way?

Write it in the box.

Read this sentence:

 

Tom glared at Paul and then turned his back on him.

 

Which verb has been used to suggest that Tom was very angry with Paul?

Write it in the box.

Read this sentence:

 

Jake stormed out of the room, muttering under his breath.

 

Which verb has been used to suggest that Jake left the room quickly and in a bad temper?

Write it in the box.

Read this sentence:

 

'Oh, do please let me go to the concert,' pleaded Lucy. 'I promise I'll come straight home afterwards.'

 

Which verb has been used to suggest how desperate Lucy is to go to the concert?

Write it in the box.

For the next five questions you need to read the sentence and then decide which of the verbs in the list fill the gap in the best way. There are three suitable answers.

 

'Get out of here, now!' __________ Mr Johnson, shaking his fist at the boys.

 

Tip: If you don't know what any of the words mean you could look them up in a dictionary.

snarled

shouted

begged

ordered

asked

Read the sentences and then decide which of the verbs in the list fill the gap in the best way. There are three suitable answers.

 

Janey __________ along the lane, scuffing at the ground with her shoes. She was in no hurry to see her father.

 

Tip: If you don't know what any of the words mean you could look them up in a dictionary.

dawdled

ran

strolled

skipped

ambled

Read the sentence and then decide which of the verbs in the list fill the gap in the best way. There are three suitable answers.

 

Samir _________ his food, grabbed his jacket and ran out of the house.

 

Tip: If you don't know what any of the words mean you could look them up in a dictionary.

nibbled

gobbled

wolfed

bolted

swallowed

Read the sentence and then decide which of the verbs in the list fill the gap in the best way. There are three suitable answers.

 

Billy and Kim __________ into the cave, peering anxiously behind them.

 

Tip: If you don't know what any of the words mean you could look them up in a dictionary.

charged

crept

tiptoed

skipped

crawled

Read the sentence and then decide which of the verbs in the list fill the gap in the best way. This time choose only one answer.

 

'I want another sweet right now!' __________ Nancy, banging her fist on the table.

 

Tip: If you don't know what any of the words mean you could look them up in a dictionary.

asked

demanded

pleaded

requested

begged

  • Question 1

Read this sentence:

 

Holly lingered at the window and watched her father drive slowly away.

 

Which verb has been used to suggest that Holly stayed where she was for a long time and didn't want to leave?

Write it in the box.

CORRECT ANSWER
lingered
  • Question 2

Read these sentences:

 

Kevin sauntered up to Andrew and looked him straight in the eye.

'I'm not scared of you,' he said.

 

Which verb has been used to suggest that Kevin walked in a slow and confident way?

Write it in the box.

CORRECT ANSWER
sauntered
  • Question 3

Read this sentence:

 

Tom glared at Paul and then turned his back on him.

 

Which verb has been used to suggest that Tom was very angry with Paul?

Write it in the box.

CORRECT ANSWER
glared
  • Question 4

Read this sentence:

 

Jake stormed out of the room, muttering under his breath.

 

Which verb has been used to suggest that Jake left the room quickly and in a bad temper?

Write it in the box.

CORRECT ANSWER
stormed
  • Question 5

Read this sentence:

 

'Oh, do please let me go to the concert,' pleaded Lucy. 'I promise I'll come straight home afterwards.'

 

Which verb has been used to suggest how desperate Lucy is to go to the concert?

Write it in the box.

CORRECT ANSWER
pleaded
  • Question 6

For the next five questions you need to read the sentence and then decide which of the verbs in the list fill the gap in the best way. There are three suitable answers.

 

'Get out of here, now!' __________ Mr Johnson, shaking his fist at the boys.

 

Tip: If you don't know what any of the words mean you could look them up in a dictionary.

CORRECT ANSWER
snarled
shouted
ordered
EDDIE SAYS
\'Snarled\', \'shouted\' and \'ordered\' could all be used, as they can show anger. Mr Johnson is telling them to leave, not asking them, so \'begged\' and \'asked\' are not suitable choices.
  • Question 7

Read the sentences and then decide which of the verbs in the list fill the gap in the best way. There are three suitable answers.

 

Janey __________ along the lane, scuffing at the ground with her shoes. She was in no hurry to see her father.

 

Tip: If you don't know what any of the words mean you could look them up in a dictionary.

CORRECT ANSWER
dawdled
strolled
ambled
EDDIE SAYS
\'Dawdled\' is the best choice, as it shows she was taking as long as possible, but \'ambled\' and \'strolled\' are also correct.
  • Question 8

Read the sentence and then decide which of the verbs in the list fill the gap in the best way. There are three suitable answers.

 

Samir _________ his food, grabbed his jacket and ran out of the house.

 

Tip: If you don't know what any of the words mean you could look them up in a dictionary.

CORRECT ANSWER
gobbled
wolfed
bolted
EDDIE SAYS
\'Gobbled\', \'wolfed\' and \'bolted\' are the best verbs as they all suggest that Samir is eating in a hurry.
  • Question 9

Read the sentence and then decide which of the verbs in the list fill the gap in the best way. There are three suitable answers.

 

Billy and Kim __________ into the cave, peering anxiously behind them.

 

Tip: If you don't know what any of the words mean you could look them up in a dictionary.

CORRECT ANSWER
crept
tiptoed
crawled
EDDIE SAYS
\'Charged\' and \'skipped\' are not suitable choices as they suggest that the children are confident rather than anxious.
  • Question 10

Read the sentence and then decide which of the verbs in the list fill the gap in the best way. This time choose only one answer.

 

'I want another sweet right now!' __________ Nancy, banging her fist on the table.

 

Tip: If you don't know what any of the words mean you could look them up in a dictionary.

CORRECT ANSWER
demanded
EDDIE SAYS
\'Demanded\' is the best choice, as it shows that Nancy is not asking politely.
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