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Chapter 36. Concentrate on Verbs > Use Verbs with Verve

Use Verbs with Verve

The numbered statements below are principles for using lively verbs. For each one, circle the example sentence that illustrates the principle.

1: Verb is active.
  1. The furniture was moved by the maintenance staff.

  2. The maintenance staff moved the furniture.

A: B
2: Verb agrees with its subject.
  1. Neither Sally nor Greta are going out for lunch.

  2. Neither Sally nor Greta is going out for lunch.

A: B
3: Verb connotes action.
  1. The injured bookkeeper moved really slowly on crutches across the floor

  2. The injured bookkeeper limped on crutches across the floor.

A: A
4: Verb is straightforward.
  1. The manager made a decision to cut the budget.

  2. The manager decided to cut the budget.

A: B
5: Verb is concrete.
  1. The assistant appeared distraught when he read the news.

  2. The assistant slammed the report on the desk and stomped out when he read news.

A: B




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