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Action Verbs and Linking Verbs Practice

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Action Verbs and Linking Verbs Practice

Action Verbs

Identify the action verbs in the following sentences.

  1. I assumed that you would bring your swimsuit because the invitation stated "pool party."
  2. As I walked home, I noticed a box of abandoned kittens on the sidewalk.
  3. Many people have the ill-conceived notion that "natural" means pesticide-free.
  4. They will close the theater for two weeks while workers install the new seats.
  5. Let's go downtown and spend some time at the museum.
  6. Alex's laptop wouldn't reboot after the unexpected power surge at the office earlier in the day.
  7. Brush corn on the cob with butter and salt, wrap it in heavy-duty aluminum foil, and roast it on the grill for a delicious treat.

Action or Linking Verbs

Determine whether the boldfaced verbs in the following sentences are action or linking verbs.

  1. "It appears that the only solution to this problem is starting over," said Trudy.
  2. "The group appears dismayed at that prospect," she thought to herself.
  3. Dennis was asked to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the butler did it.
  4. There was no doubt in his adversary's mind that his argument would prove faulty.
  5. The sign says to stay behind the line when viewing the work of art.
  6. We stayed quiet while the tour guide explained the painting.
  7. We tasted the orange sherbet and ordered a pint to take home.
  8. We decided that it tasted delicious.

Verb Phrases

Identify the verb phrases in the following sentences.

  1. We could have driven to the city, but we took the train instead.
  2. Nancy would not have thrown the paper away if she had known it was important.
  3. William had already read the book twice, so he must have easily discussed it with the teacher.
  4. Next time, if you should need help, please feel free to ask. I would be very happy to help.
  5. The dealer will go to the flea market to find good antique deals.
  6. I didn't realize that she had already gone; otherwise, I would have given her the money earlier.
  7. The skier might have won the race had she not gotten her pole stuck in the snow.

Answers

  1. assumed, bring, stated
  2. walked, noticed
  3. means
  4. close, install
  5. go, spend
  6. reboot
  7. Brush, wrap, roast
  8. action
  9. linking
  10. action
  11. linking
  12. action
  13. linking
  14. action
  15. linking
  16. could have driven
  17. would have thrown, had known
  18. had read, must have discussed
  19. should need, would be
  20. will go
  21. did realize, had gone, would have given
  22. might have won, had gotten
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