Some verbs are action words: swim, realize, explain, taste, include, assure.
Other verbs do not show direct action but instead show abstract feelings or states. These verbs often act as links that add a description to a noun.
These verbs can be either action or linking: taste, feel, smell, sound, look, appear, become, seem, grow, remain, stay. Be aware of whether the word that follows these verbs is actually describing the subject/noun (linking) or the recipient of the action of the verb (action). For example: The soup tasted wonderful (soup = wonderful = linking). I tasted the wonderful soup (soup does not describe the subject "I"; it is receiving the action of tasting = action).
Tip: Action verbs make for a stronger paper.
George Washington was the first President after he was the army general during the War for Independence.
George Washington led the newly-formed nation as its first President after he fought as general in the War for Independence.
|Verb||Example of Indirect Link to Noun|
|is||Harold is repetitive.|
|am||Harold said, "I am repetitive, I AM repetitive."|
|been||Harold's mother tells everyone, "He has always been repetitive for all of his adult life, starting at age twenty-two, most likely as a result of a psychological trauma he suffered when his father was sent to jail."|
|was||Harold's repetitiveness was fostered when he got a boo-boo while visiting Bora Bora with the B'nai B'rith.|
|have||I have, for twenty-two years, repeated myself too often not to realize I have a problem, a real problem," Harold whined.|
|feel||"Harold, I feel as though I'm married to two people, both of whom like to eat couscous," his wife, Lulu, said.|
|became||Harold became more willing to go to counseling when he realized that the only breath freshener he purchased was Sen-Sen, the only gum he chewed was Doublemint, and the only candy he ate was Jujubes.|
|seem||Harold seemed to be improving toward singularity in 1996 but experienced a set-back when he went to Walla Walla, Washington, for what was a win-win business deal.|
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