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Terminology: Understand Verbs

In this worksheet, students understand the work that verbs do, and how they can be changed in sentences to change meaning.

'Terminology: Understand Verbs' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Past and Present Tense

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Every sentence needs a verb.


My puppy is a beagle. His name is Ronnie. He loves his ball. He plays with it every day.

 

There are thousands of verbs in the English language, and choosing the right verb can make a big difference to our writing.

 

Some verbs mean almost the same as each other.

Ronnie loves playing with his ball.

Ronnie enjoys playing with his ball.

Changing the verb 'loves' to 'enjoys' doesn't really affect the meaning of the sentence, but if we use the verb 'hates' instead, we change the meaning completely.

Ronnie hates playing with his ball.

 

Sometimes using a different verb doesn't actually change the meaning of the sentence, but it gives the reader more information, so it improves the sentence.

Sally went to school.

Sally rushed to school.

In the second sentence we know that Sally was in a hurry.

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