Using Stronger Verbs

2 Feb


Today we will work on using stronger verbs. Here is the worksheet: use-stronger-verbs. It is also posted below.

Use Stronger Verbs:

Avoid sentences with weak verbs like “is, are, was, were, has, had, have” and replace them with stronger verbs.


Weak: John is the manager of the produce department

Stronger: John manages the produce department


Weak: Sachem was the first school to win 20 games.

Stronger: Sachem won 20 games first.


Weak: Ronald is always late to class.

Stronger: Ronald always arrives late to class.

Directions: In your notebook, rewrite each sentence to make the verb stronger. You may change more than just the verb.

  1. Janet Smith is the supervisor of the customer service department.
  2. Walt Disney was the initiator of a mass movement in family entertainment.
  3. The whole house was stressed and angry with one another over my parents’ fighting over the bills.
  4. In the distance there is a giant eruption from the water, as a 100-pound sailfish jumps out.
  5. Jenny Millhouse is the owner of two gas stations in Florida City.
  6. The sugar cane refinery is the employer that is the driving force for employment in south central Florida.
  7. The student who is responsible for conducting the survey and reporting the results to the school administration is James Archer.
  8. If a manager is thinking about changing a policy statement, she has the responsibility to inform both her immediate supervisor and her employees.
  9. The shipped product was different from the one that was advertised in the catalog.
  10. The Foster family has a fruit stand near Krome Avenue.
  11. After a questionable call at home plate, the manager had an argument with the umpire.
  12. Last week, the class had a discussion about Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening.
  13. Larissa is a student of history and psychology.
  14. Professor Rose does not agree with Professor Randall about the uneven distribution of grades in the freshman class.
  15. Because Janice is prone to stay away from social gatherings, she spends many evenings alone in her dorm room.
  16. Miss Lawson made a drawing of a herd of bison stampeding across the plains.
  17. Louis was The Cowardly Lion in the school production of The Wizard of Oz.
  18. Dunkin Donuts has exhibited perseverance throughout the years, in spite of the many ups and downs of the economy, since it was founded in 1950
  19. The male anglerfish feels attraction for the female angler because of the pheromones the female produces.
  20. There were so many dance practices that my feet hurt every night.
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