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Revise the Function of Verbs and Adverbs

In this worksheet, students will explore the function of verbs and adverbs in order to improve understanding of their reading and accuracy in their writing.

'Revise the Function of Verbs and Adverbs' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Writing

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Verbs are a large class of words that express action or change in states of being.

Some examples are: write, eat, fly, lie, go, put, are, look and work.

Without verbs, it would be impossible to describe anything that happens. Verbs have different sub-classes and it can be challenging to get your head around all the types. This worksheet will focus on the key points you need to understand which can help to improve the accuracy of your writing.

 

Regular Verbs

These are one of the less troublesome verb types. They follow the same rules when forming different tenses, such as adding -ed on the end to form the past tense.

For example: walk - walked; jump - jumped; shuffle - shuffled.

 

Woman walking a dog

Irregular Verbs

This type of verb breaks the rules outlined above and has different forms for the past tense. The forms need to be learnt as they don't follow the same pattern as each other.

 

For example:

Present Tense Verb

Past Tense Verb

swim

I have swum/I swam

drive

I have driven/I drove

drink

I have drunk/I drank

think

I have thought/I thought

forget

I have forgotten/I forgot

 

 

Boy drinking from a pineapple

 

Imperative Verbs

Verbs that express direct commands or sound bossy are called imperatives. They are most effective when placed at the start of a sentence and can be used in persuasive or instructive writing.

For example: 'Put the eggs into the bowl' or 'Come to the Zoo today!'

 

Modal Auxiliary Verbs

These are 'helping' verbs in the sense that they are used alongside main verbs to express different aspects of time and mood. The main ones to use are: will, shall, may, might, can, could, must, ought to, should and would. These can help to create an effective piece of writing giving instructions or advice.

For example: 'You must meet me at 10pm tonight' or 'You should move on with your life'.

 

Notice board with advice pinned to it 

 

Adverbs

Adverbs are a large class of words. They modify or add further detail to a verb, adjective or other adverbs.

An adverb can be placed directly after a verb in a sentence.

For example: Doreen ran quickly but she hopped slowly. In this sentence, the adverbs add detail to the verbs.

In some circumstances, an adverb can be placed a few words after the verb in a sentence.

For example: Michael played his flute confidently.

 

There are also some occasions where an adverb can be placed before a verb in a sentence.

For example: Simon quickly finished his dinner.

 

In addition to modifying verbs, adverbs can also be placed before adjectives to add further detail.

For example: Flo gave an exceptionally impressive performance at the concert.

 

Adverbs also function to modify other adverbs

For example: She very carefully carried the baby upstairs. In this sentence, the first of the two adverbs ('very') intensifies the second adverb that follows ('carefully').

 

Now it's over to you.

What is the function of a verb? Choose from the options below.

To describe nouns

To express actions

To name objects

To join parts of a sentence together

Identify which of the words listed below are verbs.

Crawl

Go

Give

Guitar

Put

Loud

Choose the regular past tense forms from the following words. Tick as many answers as you think are correct.

Laughed

Hopped

Drank

Swam

Slept

Which of the following are irregular past tense verbs? Tick as many answers as you think are correct.

Brought

Sang

Played

Added

Ate

Identify the modal auxiliary verb in the sentence below.

 

You could try out a new hobby, such as tennis.

What role does an imperative verb have?

It describes a noun

It helps the verb

It expresses direct commands

It describes an adjective

Identify the imperative verb in the sentence below.

Book your tickets now!

What kind of words can adverbs modify or add detail to? Tick all the boxes that apply.

Verbs

Adjectives

Nouns

Other adverbs

Identify the verb and adverb in the sentence below.

 

Diana danced gracefully around the floor.

Column A

Column B

Verb
'gracefully'
Adverb
'danced'

Identify the two adverbs in the following sentence.

 

Andrew plays the guitar very well.

plays

guitar

very

well

  • Question 1

What is the function of a verb? Choose from the options below.

CORRECT ANSWER
To express actions
EDDIE SAYS
Verbs are 'action' words. They can express states of being and emotion, such as love, hate, hope etc.
  • Question 2

Identify which of the words listed below are verbs.

CORRECT ANSWER
Crawl
Go
Give
Put
EDDIE SAYS
The verbs are the words that express actions. If you're stuck, think about whether the word 'to' can go in front of it - 'to crawl' makes sense, but 'to guitar' does not.
  • Question 3

Choose the regular past tense forms from the following words. Tick as many answers as you think are correct.

CORRECT ANSWER
Laughed
Hopped
EDDIE SAYS
To change a regular verb to the past tense, you usually add 'ed'. You may need to double the final letter first if the verb has a short vowel sound.
  • Question 4

Which of the following are irregular past tense verbs? Tick as many answers as you think are correct.

CORRECT ANSWER
Brought
Sang
Ate
EDDIE SAYS
'Played' and 'added' are regular past tenses with -ed.
  • Question 5

Identify the modal auxiliary verb in the sentence below.

 

You could try out a new hobby, such as tennis.

CORRECT ANSWER
could
EDDIE SAYS
A modal or 'helping' verb is placed alongside the main verb 'try' to convey a tone of encouragement. Modal verbs are words like 'might', 'should' 'would' etc. Are you beginning to find this less daunting?
  • Question 6

What role does an imperative verb have?

CORRECT ANSWER
It expresses direct commands
EDDIE SAYS
An imperative verb is sometimes known as a 'bossy' verb as it is the form used to give orders.
  • Question 7

Identify the imperative verb in the sentence below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Book your tickets now!
EDDIE SAYS
An imperative verb is most effective when placed at the beginning of a sentence. The imperative in this sentence is 'Book', it demands that the reader do something.
  • Question 8

What kind of words can adverbs modify or add detail to? Tick all the boxes that apply.

CORRECT ANSWER
Verbs
Adjectives
Other adverbs
EDDIE SAYS
An adverb can add detail and description in three different ways. For example: 'quietly confident' uses an adverb to modify the adjective.
  • Question 9

Identify the verb and adverb in the sentence below.

 

Diana danced gracefully around the floor.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Verb
'danced'
Adverb
'gracefully'
EDDIE SAYS
In this example, the adverb is directly after the verb. Remember, adverbs usually end in -ly. Are you feeling confident by now?
  • Question 10

Identify the two adverbs in the following sentence.

 

Andrew plays the guitar very well.

CORRECT ANSWER
very
well
EDDIE SAYS
The adverb 'well' describes the verb 'plays', and the adverb 'very' adds intensity to the adverb 'well'. Great work, you've completed another activity! How about attempting another one so you feel super confident?
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