How to Use Strong Verbs

by Drew Friedline

And Justin Pizzia

Supplies

  • 1 Brain
  • 1 Pencil
  • 1 Piece of paper
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Verbs are the source of action for a sentence, so it is important to use strong ones that for the sentence correctly.

    Step 2

    If "and" joins two verbs, use the plural form. If they are joined by "or" use the singular form.

    Step 3

    Verbs like "is" and "has been" can be combined with a past participle like "cooked" or "stung" to create a passive verb. Use these to create a sentence in which the subject is acted on.

    Step 4

    Use passive verbs sparingly, as they tend to make writing stiff and formal.

    Step 5

    Remember to replace weak verb-noun combinations as they tend to lengthen sentences. Also delete any unneeded adverbs as this is also a way to tighten up your writing.

    Step 6

    In conclusion, use verbs that match your subject and add to depth in your writing.

    Step 7

    Steps and advice taken from The Longman Writer by Judith Nadell, John Langan, and Eliza A. Comodromos