Action verbs express a “Physical or mental action”. Action verbs are also referred to as “Dynamic verbs”. An action verb helps explain what someone or something is doing. Can you see something moving? Can you sense an activity? If you can see someone or something moving, it is an action. Why is this important? In English there are many rules and exceptions. There is a big difference between different verb types and their usage. Action verbs should be simple to learn for most students. Can you see an action?
Physical Action Verb Examples
I always ride the bus to work!
You often drive your car to work!
We will carry the boxes into the house later!
They will be working on the project all month!
He ran past me a few minutes ago!
She has been cooking in the kitchen all day!
It has always worked without fail!
Mental Action Verbs Examples
I always want coffee when I wake up in the morning!
You are always thinking of projects at work!
We often listen to music in the evening!
They believe in fairies and wives tales!
He helped me with the with the cleaning yesterday!
She called her mom late last night!
It has learned many tricks since yesterday!
Mental action verbs are used to describe facts. We often use these verbs to refer to both actions and facts. Ask your teacher for more rules and examples.