Beefing Up Your Sentences. Using Strong Verbs. NEC FACET Center. Do your sentences resemble a 90 pound weakling?. Then it’s time to beef them up! Let’s get your brain in the gym!. Hi! I’m Sven, your sentences’ personal trainer. I am going to pump up your sentences in two ways!.
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Beefing Up Your Sentences
Using Strong Verbs
NEC FACET Center
Hi! I’m Sven, your sentences’ personal trainer. I am going to pump up your sentences in two ways!
-Eliminate weak verbs from you sentences.
-Replace weak verbs with strong verbs.
Be very afraid! Prepare for your licking!
Let’s start with getting rid of your flabby weak verbs and replacing them with beefy strong verbs!
A verb is not always one word long. Sometimes several words together act as the verb. This is called a “verb phrase.”
Weak Verb Phrases
These words in red are NOT weak verbs. Here they are acting as “helping verbs.” They come before another verb to form a different verb tense.
Notice how these verbs stand alone. Weak verbs occur when the verbs we just looked at stand alone. They are not helping another verb. They ARE the verb.
Check out how weak and out of shape these sentences are!
This sentence is as dry as me! Bring it back to life!
Ahh, much better. Now I don’t have to put a curse on you in which you will smell like kitty litter all of your days.
These pants are hot, but the sentence lacks action. Get rid of the weak verbs, and add some strong verb pizzazz!
This section is dedicated to watching “American Idol,” this section is used for consuming Cheetos….”
Much better! But I am still going to eat your brain! Just kidding…how about a hug instead?
“It will be…”
HELP!!! Save me strong verbs, save me!!!
Those weak verbs were bad, but some weak verbs and phrases can practically stop the heart of your sentences!
“There will be…”
“There could be…”
“There will be….”
“There could be…”
“It will be…”
These sentences are “udderly” boring. But there’s no crying over spilled milk! Improve them by replacing the weak verbs with strong ones!
I sleep with one eye open buddy!!!
Oh well, I better do what Sven says.
I hope he is not talking to me! I like it here on the sofa!
Your sentences are really firming up. But we’re not done yet! There are some more weak verbs to cut out of your diet! So start working up a sweat!
Of course I am talking to you couch potato! Get moving or get down and give me 15 pushups!
Alright, quit clowning around and fix this sentence!
Whew! We’ve really worked up a sweat! You have now learned how to whip your sentences into shape and make them lean and mean. Let’s do one more workout together to practice your skills! In the following sentences, remove the weak verbs and weak verb phrases, and replace them with strong verbs.
How can we correct this sentence?
Those were some killer workouts! Now all you need is a delicious strong verb protein shake to help your grammar muscles recover.
I know, I know Sven. If I don’t exercise I can’t maintain my stunning physique. I have to keep active!
Drink up! And be ready to hit the gym tomorrow!!