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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

Beefing Up Your Sentences

Using Strong Verbs


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.

Using weak verbs in your sentences is like beating someone with a wet noodle it s weak

Be very afraid! Prepare for your licking! going to pump up your sentences in two ways!

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!

What is a verb

  • Every sentence must contain at least one verb. going to pump up your sentences in two ways!

  • Verbs express actions, events, or states of being.

  • What are the verbs in the following sentences?

  • Derrick dove to the ground as the bullets whizzed overhead.

  • Francisca loved her teddy bear until it fell apart.

  • I will give you the package tomorrow.

  • We were stunned when we heard the news.

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?

What are weak verbs

Weak Verb Phrases

What are weak verbs?

In contrast strong verbs show action

EXPLODE! it very well.





In contrast, strong verbs show action!

An important note

  • For Example:

  • We were hoping for a snow day today.

  • Daniel is askinghis boss for a raise.

  • I should have been practicingfor the show instead of shopping.

  • We will be lookingfor a replacement player this summer.

  • I was watchingTV when the doorbell rang.

  • The coaches are requiringtwo practices a day.

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!

  • Examples: it very well.

  • Tara is afraid of spiders

  • I could have been more careful with who I trusted.

  • Sheila will be sorry when she finds out.

  • The defendant was guilty on all charges.

  • We are so tired of eating tuna casserole.

  • Sarah was surprised to find the flowers in the kitchen.

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?

“There is…” zebra print pants.

“There are…”

“It is…”

“It was..”

“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 was…”

“There were…”

“There will be…”

“There could be…”

These bland weak verb phrases lack any action at all

“There is….” zebra print pants.

“There are…”

“There will be….”

“There could be…”

“It is…”

“It was….”

“It will be…”

“There was…”

“There were…”

These bland, weak verb phrases lack any action at all.

For example

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

For example1

  • There was actually a study done on cow tipping. sleeping.

  • The study found that there are two reasons that cow tipping is nearly impossible.

  • Scientists actually studied cow tipping.

  • They uncovered two reasons cow tipping is nearly impossible.

For Example

I sleep with one eye open buddy!!!

Oh well, I better do what Sven says. standing up are two reasons that cow tipping is challenging.

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 adds unnecessary weight to your sentences

  • “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.”

  • But if “to be” is not necessary to the sentence and removing it would not change the meaning of the sentence, then remove it.

“To be”

“To be” adds unnecessary weight to your sentences.

For example2

Alright, quit clowning around and fix this sentence!

For example





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.

Strong Verbs

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!!

Bye! maintain my stunning physique. I have to keep active!

The End!