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Verbs 01

This KS2 English quiz takes a first look at verbs. Verbs are primarily 'doing' words. It is easy to forget that sometimes verbs are 'being' words, too. Not every sentence has an action! Verbs are so important that it is impossible to have a sentence without one.

As you progress through school, you'll discover a lot more about verbs, but for now let's see how much you have remembered from your English lessons so far!

Try this quiz to see how well you can spot verbs.

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  1. Find the verb(s) in the following sentence.
    They went out for a stroll and watched the sunset.
    They went, they watched - 'went' and 'watched' are the doing words. 'Stroll' is a noun in this sentence, it is WHAT 'they went out for'.
  2. Find the verb(s) in the following sentence.
    Grandad fishes in the river.
    'Fishes' is the 'doing' word in this sentence.
  3. Find the verb(s) in the following sentence.
    My mother adores coffee.
    'Adores' is the 'doing' word in this sentence.
  4. Find the verb(s) in the following sentence.
    She wore the frilly pink dress because it was a birthday present from her cousins.
    'Wore' is a 'doing' word and 'was' is a 'being' word.
  5. Find the verb(s) in the following sentence.
    I hope the train arrives on time today.
    'Hope' and 'arrives' are the 'doing' words in this sentence.
  6. Find the verb(s) in the following sentence.
    "Is it time for lunch?" she asked.
    'Is' is a 'being' word and 'asked' is a 'doing' word.
  7. Find the verb(s) in the following sentence.
    She was five on her last birthday.
    'Was' is a 'being' verb.
  8. Find the verb(s) in the following sentence.
    The crowd filled the stadium and cheered their team enthusiastically.
    'Filled' and 'cheered' are the 'doing' words in this sentence.
  9. Find the verb(s) in the following sentence.
    They could see a bright rainbow in the sky.
    'Could' and 'see' work together in this sentence. 'Could' is a modal verb, which is a type of auxiliary (helper) verb - it is not possible to use 'could' without another verb.
  10. Find the verb(s) in the following sentence.
    I should go home before it becomes dark.
    'Should' is a modal verb, 'go' is a 'doing' word, and 'becomes' is a 'being' word.

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