How Strong Are Your Verbs?

Filed Under (blogging, writing) by Lee Kolbert on 10-10-2009

This blogpost was written by student, Jessica. I added the image created from here.

warninglabelWhat is a strong verb, you might ask?

This week in school we learned about how strong verbs can accent our writing. A strong verb is a more interesting word that makes your writing POP! For example instead of saying I walked to the front door, you could say I strolled to the front door. In the same way a strong man lifts weights, a strong verb “lifts up” your writing, to make it more appealing to the reader. Try to think of some strong verbs to replace these weak verbs:

  • He cleaned my clothes.
  • I have a new pair of pants.
  • Ann looked for signs to the park
  • I ate my ice cream.
  • She went to the woods.

By Jessica

20 Comments Already, Leave Yours Too

Mrs. Lynch on 10 October, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

Hi Jessica, I love your blogpost on strong verbs and will be sharing it with my third grade class on Monday. Strong verbs certainly do lift your writing. I especially like your analogy about the strong man. I look forward to more blogposts from you. Keep up the good work and the great writing.

Ronnie B. on 10 October, 2009 at 3:37 pm #

a sentenes i know is:
her eyes were deep sea bule

that is a sentenes i know

Pat on 10 October, 2009 at 4:06 pm #

I like how you compared this to a weightlifter. Great description of strong verbs! Keep up the good work.

Mr Wood on 10 October, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

An excellent blog post Jessica, I like how you explained what you learnt, gave examples and engaged your audience by asking them to give it a go.

Here is my try. I gulped my ice cream.

Linda Aragoni on 10 October, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

You explained well, Jessica. I’ve got a mind-stretching question for you.

Do you know one place where you should almost never use any stronger verb in place of the wimpy verb said?

Ronnie B. on 10 October, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

Here are your centense remade.
He set my clothes out to dry.
I brought home a new pair of pants.
Ann searched for signs at the park.
I swallowed my icecream.
She took a stroll to the woods.

Leo k on 11 October, 2009 at 7:49 am #

that was excellent Jessica! learning strong verbs can be very fun.

Isabella M.S. on 11 October, 2009 at 11:55 am #

BTW,Jessica,What do you do if a weak verb is stong aswell? I was just wondering.

juje on 12 October, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

love the picture!

Elly J. on 13 October, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

Jessica,I love how you give examples and show details!

gabby and alayna on 14 October, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

gabby- cute pic nice way of saying make your writing interesting

alayna- yeah. what she said.

gabbyg on 14 October, 2009 at 8:21 pm #

the picture is awesome and i love the story nice examples. plus nice way to juice up your writing and make it interesting

Jordana C. on 15 October, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

hey jessica nice pic a sentence i know is he scrubbed his clothes

Micheal Head on 18 October, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

Nice picture. You’re very right about verbs though, i’ve spent an entire week just on verbs at university, and now realize how important sentence composition is to both writing and speech in general. Keep up with the verbs!

I devoured my ice cream!

Julia S on 20 October, 2009 at 8:25 pm #

Hi, Jessica! To replace ”She WENT to the woods”,try ”She TROTTED off into the MYSTICAL setting of the DAMP,SILENT woods.”MUCH better! Just make sure there isn’t one crazy,unusual word one after the other! And be sure to USE PUNCTUATION CORRECTLY!!!!!!!!!

Jessica on 22 October, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

Hi Jessica, Good Job!!! Just 4 fun here is a tounge twister! How many blogs could a weblog blog, if a weblog could blog blogs? ( A MILLION!!)

lane on 23 October, 2009 at 4:53 pm #

i loved your blog post! it was so creative of you to come up with that.
this is a great way to remind people that no strong verbs causes boring writing! In my opinion, i think that you should start thinking of another great blog post, you are excellent at it! keep up the good work!

lane on 23 October, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

oh, and by the way, your picture was so cute and creative. i love the way you think!!!!!!!!!

Jessica :) on 6 January, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

sorry i didn’t anwser your questions Isabella but a weak verb cannot be strong if a weak verb was some how strong it would be considered a strong verb 🙂

Jessica :) on 29 March, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

Lane, Mrs. Kolbert actually picked out the picture!