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Identify Powerful Verbs in Sentences 1

In this worksheet, students identify powerful verbs in sentences and consider their meaning.

'Identify Powerful Verbs in Sentences 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Vocabulary Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When we write we tend to use verbs like said and went too often, and it can make our writing very dull.

 

For example, if we write 'Peter went home' we are not giving any information about how Peter went. Was he in a hurry or did he take his time?

 

We could use adverbs such as 'quickly' or 'slowly' to give more detail, but it can be more effective to use a powerful verb instead.​

boy running

Peter raced home.

(Perhaps it was his birthday and he was in a hurry to get home and open his presents.)

 

Peter limped home. (Peter had hurt his leg during the football match and couldn't walk properly.)

Which powerful verb has been used instead of 'spoke quietly'?

 

Write it in the box.

 

Katie whispered to Jess and they giggled together.

Which powerful verb has been used instead of 'ran quickly and with short steps'?

 

Write it in the box.

 

The mouse scuttled across the floor and disappeared into the hole.

Which powerful verb has been used instead of 'drove faster'?

 

Write it in the box.

 

The police car accelerated down the motorway and soon caught the getaway car.

 

Which powerful verb has been used instead of 'said again'?

 

Write it in the box.

 

'We're meeting at the cinema at seven o'clock,' repeated Angela. 'I've told you that already.'

Which powerful verb has been used instead of 'picked up quickly'?

 

Write it in the box.

 

The fox snatched the chicken in its mouth and jumped over the fence.

Which is the correct definition of the underlined verb in the sentence? Tick the correct box.

 

Jake heard his mother coming down the stairs. He scurried out of the kitchen, wiping the chocolate from his mouth.

 

Tip: Even if you don't know what the word means, the rest of the sentence should give you a clue.

walked slowly

ran quickly

Which is the correct definition of the underlined verb in the sentence? Tick the correct box.

 

'Who has broken this window?' thundered Mr Jones, hitting the desk with his ruler.

 

Tip: Even if you don't know what the word means, the rest of the sentence should give you a clue.

shouted angrily

asked politely

Which is the correct definition of the underlined verb in the sentence? Tick the correct box.

 

Katie trudged home through the snow, which almost reached the top of her wellies. She was exhausted.

Tip: Even if you don't know what the word means, the rest of the sentence should give you a clue.

walked slowly and with difficulty

walked quickly and lightly

Read these sentences and then match the words with their definitions.

 

Joey slurped the rest of his milk and climbed down from his high chair. He toddled out of the kitchen and into the garden, looking for Jack, his puppy. Jack yelped when he saw Joey and scampered up the garden to meet him.

Column A

Column B

slurped
ran quickly and lightly
toddled
barked in an excited way
yelped
drank in a noisy way
scampered
walked in a wobbly way

Read these sentences and then match the words with their definitions.

 

The sports car raced down the road and blared its horn at the children, who leapt out of the way.

'Road hog!' roared Peter, shaking his fist.

Column A

Column B

raced
made a loud and harsh sound
blared
jumped quickly
leapt
went very quickly
roared
shouted loudly and angrily
  • Question 1

Which powerful verb has been used instead of 'spoke quietly'?

 

Write it in the box.

 

Katie whispered to Jess and they giggled together.

CORRECT ANSWER
whispered
EDDIE SAYS
Maybe Katie was telling Jess a secret so she chose to whisper it quietly?
  • Question 2

Which powerful verb has been used instead of 'ran quickly and with short steps'?

 

Write it in the box.

 

The mouse scuttled across the floor and disappeared into the hole.

CORRECT ANSWER
scuttled
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'scuttled' suggests that the mouse was moving quickly. It probably didn't want to be spotted!
  • Question 3

Which powerful verb has been used instead of 'drove faster'?

 

Write it in the box.

 

The police car accelerated down the motorway and soon caught the getaway car.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
accelerated
EDDIE SAYS
If the police car 'accelerated' it would have drove faster to be able to catch up with the other car.
  • Question 4

Which powerful verb has been used instead of 'said again'?

 

Write it in the box.

 

'We're meeting at the cinema at seven o'clock,' repeated Angela. 'I've told you that already.'

CORRECT ANSWER
repeated
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The word 'repeated' means to say something again. Often people get frustrated when they have to repeat what they are saying because sometimes it shows that the person isn't listening to them properly.
  • Question 5

Which powerful verb has been used instead of 'picked up quickly'?

 

Write it in the box.

 

The fox snatched the chicken in its mouth and jumped over the fence.

CORRECT ANSWER
snatched
EDDIE SAYS
This is a great powerful verb, it shows us how hungry the fox must be!
  • Question 6

Which is the correct definition of the underlined verb in the sentence? Tick the correct box.

 

Jake heard his mother coming down the stairs. He scurried out of the kitchen, wiping the chocolate from his mouth.

 

Tip: Even if you don't know what the word means, the rest of the sentence should give you a clue.

CORRECT ANSWER
ran quickly
EDDIE SAYS
Jake probably wanted to move away quickly so he wouldn't get caught with the chocolate!
  • Question 7

Which is the correct definition of the underlined verb in the sentence? Tick the correct box.

 

'Who has broken this window?' thundered Mr Jones, hitting the desk with his ruler.

 

Tip: Even if you don't know what the word means, the rest of the sentence should give you a clue.

CORRECT ANSWER
shouted angrily
EDDIE SAYS
Oh no, I think he probably would be angry if the window was broken!
  • Question 8

Which is the correct definition of the underlined verb in the sentence? Tick the correct box.

 

Katie trudged home through the snow, which almost reached the top of her wellies. She was exhausted.

Tip: Even if you don't know what the word means, the rest of the sentence should give you a clue.

CORRECT ANSWER
walked slowly and with difficulty
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever tried to walk in deep snow? It is difficult!
  • Question 9

Read these sentences and then match the words with their definitions.

 

Joey slurped the rest of his milk and climbed down from his high chair. He toddled out of the kitchen and into the garden, looking for Jack, his puppy. Jack yelped when he saw Joey and scampered up the garden to meet him.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

slurped
drank in a noisy way
toddled
walked in a wobbly way
yelped
barked in an excited way
scampered
ran quickly and lightly
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? All four of these powerful verbs are great examples that you could use in your own descriptive writing!
  • Question 10

Read these sentences and then match the words with their definitions.

 

The sports car raced down the road and blared its horn at the children, who leapt out of the way.

'Road hog!' roared Peter, shaking his fist.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

raced
went very quickly
blared
made a loud and harsh sound
leapt
jumped quickly
roared
shouted loudly and angrily
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'roared' isn't just for a noisy lion. Who knew people could roar too?
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