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Verbs: Grammar Review Practice Exercises

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

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Practice Exercises

Practice Exercise: Action Verb or Linking Verb

See if you can tell whether the verbs in the following sentences is an action verb or a linking verb. Remember to use the seem/became trick if you need help. Then, check your answers at the end of the exercises.

  1. The ghost appeared in the window.
  2. The ghost appeared disgruntled as it passed by the window.
  3. Can you prove the theory of relativity?
  4. Your answer could prove faulty if you are not careful.
  5. We arrived late and had to stay overnight at a hotel this weekend.
  6. Mom asked us to stay quiet as we walked down the hallway.
  7. Have you tasted my newest candy bar creation?
  8. Yes, the Summit Sensation tasted delectable.
  9. The lunch bell sounds melodic, especially when you have a hungry stomach.
  10. At noon, the clock sounds the bell to inform the students that it's lunchtime.

Practice Exercise: Verb Tense

Which tense of the verb or verb phrase is needed to complete the following sentences? Check your answers at the end of the exercises.

  1. I think parties (were, are) always fun, especially during the holidays.
  2. I (waited, wait) with anticipation every year for my invitations to arrive.
  3. Last year, the parties (are, were) small gatherings with just a few close friends. I (enjoy, enjoyed) that.
  4. This year, my friends (will have, will have had) big parties with oodles of people, loud music, and lots of good food.
  5. I (will have, will) attend every celebration this holiday season. Cheers!

Practice Exercise: Irregular Verbs

Identify the correct verb needed to complete the following sentences. Then, check your answers at the end of the chapter.

  1. The county park (lies, lays) just north of Jackson Avenue in Humbolt.
  2. Sometimes, you can see people (sitting, setting) on park benches, or they will (lay, lie) on a blanket they have (laid, lain) on the grass.
  3. Some enjoy watching the geese as they swim, (sit, set), and (lain, lie) in the sun.
  4. Sometimes, people will (sit, sat) and throw bread crumbs to the basking geese.
  5. Many of the geese are so relaxed that they (lay, lie) their heads under their wings for hours at a time.

Answers

Reminder: An easy way to tell if a verb is an action verb or a linking verb is to substitute the verb in the sentence with a form of the verb to be or the linking verb seem or become. If the sentence still makes sense, the verb is a linking verb, and if it doesn't, then the verb is an action verb.

  1. The ghost appeared in the window. (action)
  2. The ghost appeared disgruntled as it passed by the window. (linking)
  3. Can you prove the theory of relativity? (action)
  4. Your answer could prove faulty if you are not careful. (linking)
  5. We arrived late and had to stay overnight at a hotel this weekend. (action)
  6. Mom asked us to stay quiet as we walked down the hallway. (linking)
  7. Have you tasted my newest candy bar creation? (action)
  8. Yes, the Summit Sensation tasted delectable. (linking)
  9. The lunch bell sounds melodic, especially when you have a hungry stomach. (linking)
  10. At noon, the clock sounds the bell to inform the students that it's lunchtime. (action)

Reminder: Be consistent with verb tenses as you speak and write. If your passage begins in past tense, then continue in past tense; likewise, if you are using present or future tenses, be consistent.

  1. I think parties are always fun, especially during the holidays.
  2. I wait with anticipation every year for my invitations to arrive.
  3. Last year, the parties were small gatherings with just a few close friends. I enjoyed that.
  4. This year, my friends will have big parties with oodles of people, loud music, and lots of good food.
  5. I will attend every celebration this holiday season. Cheers!

Reminder: (1) Lay means to place or put an object somewhere, and lie means to rest or recline or to be situated; and (2) set means to place or put an object in a particular spot, and sit means to be situated or to be seated or resting.

  1. The county park lies just north of Jackson Avenue in Humboldt.
  2. Sometimes, you can see people sitting on park benches, or they will lie on a blanket they have laid on the grass.
  3. Some enjoy watching the geese as they swim, sit, and lie in the sun.
  4. Sometimes, people will sit and throw bread crumbs to the basking geese.
  5. Some of the geese are so relaxed that they lay their heads under their wings for hours at a time.
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