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Verbs

Our quiz introduces children to verbs (doing words) as suggested in the National Curriculum. KS1 children in their English and Literacy classes should be able to identify a verb in writing and when reading.

A verb is a doing word. It is a word that describes action and tells us that something is happening.

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1.
'I can't breathe because my nose is blocked.' Which word is a verb?
breathe
nose
can't
because
Females tend to have more colds than males.
2.
Which of these words is not a verb?
kick
run
hit
table
A good way to know if a word is a verb is by asking yourself if you can do it. So, could you kick something? run? hit? table?
3.
Which sentence doesn't contain a verb?
I enjoy eating in restaurants.
During the meal, my chair was uncomfortable.
I opened the menu.
We talked about our favourite food.
The second answer is the only one without a verb or a word that involves action.
4.
'Every Monday I watch football.' Which word is a verb?
watch
football
Every
Monday
Many children think 'football' is a verb but it's not. If I say to you 'go football' you can't. You play football. Football is the game but the verb is 'to play'.
5.
'I enjoy tennis, football and playing snooker.' How many verbs are in that sentence?
4
3
2
1
The word 'enjoy' is also a verb. Snooker is played with twenty two balls.
6.
Which word is a verb?
the
sneeze
cat
girl
Sunlight causes many people to sneeze.
7.
'I will not stand when I'm told to.' - which word is the verb?
will
not
stand
when
The trick to finding out which word is a verb is to say each word to somebody and if you expect a reaction, then it's a verb. If I say 'when' to you, you don't need to do anything but if I say 'stand' then you are expected to move.
8.
'He walked to the party then danced all night and slept all day.' How many verbs are in that sentence?
1
2
3
4
Walked, danced and slept are the verbs. Did you know that honeybees dance as a way to communicate?
9.
Which sentence doesn't contain a verb?
I wrestled him to the ground.
We practised every day for two years.
I fell on the mat and hurt my hand.
The hall was very large.
Wrestling is one of the oldest forms of combat.
10.
Which word is not a verb?
laughing
cuddling
hat
smiling
Laughing is considered a universal form of communicating. That means every person in the world, despite what language they speak, will know what laughing is and means.
Author:  Finola Waller

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