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  • An action verb tells what the subject of the sentence does, did, or will do

Spotting It

  • You can tell it is an action verb if there is something happening and something doing it.


The boy ate the entire pile of candy.
  • In this sentence, the thing that happens is someone is eating. Thus, "ate" is the action verb in the sentence.

The boy is rude and will not share.
  • This sentence has two verbs: is and share. "Is" is not something that happens, however, so it is not an action verb. "Share" is something that happens, so it is an action verb.