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!.
Using Strong Verbs
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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.
Let’s start with getting rid of your flabby weak verbs and replacing them with beefy strong verbs!Using weak verbs in your sentences is like beating someone with a wet noodle! It’s weak!
A verb is not always one word long. Sometimes several words together act as the verb. This is called a “verb phrase.”What is a verb?
Weak Verb PhrasesWhat are weak verbs?
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.An Important Note!
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.Examples
One of the wild things about Sheila is her collection of zebra print pants.
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…”
“There were…”These bland, weak verb phrases lack any action at all.
These sentences are “udderly” boring. But there’s no crying over spilled milk! Improve them by replacing the weak verbs with strong ones!For Example
The weight of the cow and the fact that cows do not sleep standing up are two reasons that cow tipping is challenging.
I sleep with one eye open buddy!!!
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!
“To be” should only be used in a sentence if it is necessary to the meaning of the sentence. For example: “I want to be a mailman when I grow up.”
“To be”“To be” adds unnecessary weight to your sentences.
Fred continued to be obsessed with Star Wars even after his girlfriend dumped him because of it.
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.
It is really a shame Americans don’t get as much vacation time as Europeans do.
How can we correct this sentence?Practice
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!!