Specific verbs (also called “action verbs”) add vitality to writing. They not only tell what’s going on but also give indications of how.
“Walk” is a boring verb. It could be used to describe any number of movements. “Shuffled” is a specific action verb. Someone who shuffles is someone who is tired, perhaps bored.
We define two elements in class. Specific verbs:
- show a specific (not general) action;
- include information about how the action is completed.
For single boring verbs, there are countless action verbs.
Specific Action Verbs
|walk/go||march, strut, shuffle, goosestep, amble, pace, stomp, stride, mope, trudge|
|talk/say||explain, mumble, murmur, yell, scream, pronounce, confess, admit|