The daredevil cockroach into Sara's soup.

, on the other hand, do not express action. Instead, they connect the of a verb to additional information about the subject. Look at the examples below:

Theo's overworked computer in a spray of sparks.

The curious toddler  a grasshopper into her mouth.

Francisco's comic book collection worth $20,000.00.

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Potato chips too loudly to eat during an exam.

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The  of the potato chips drew the angry glance of Professor Orsini to our corner of the room.

A three-mile run like a marathon during a hot, humid July afternoon.

If you are unsure whether a sentence contains an action verb or not, look at every word in the sentence and ask yourself, "Is this something that a person or thing can do?" Take this sentence, for example:

connects the subject, , to his state of being, anger.

! ! ! ! ! What are these words doing? They are expressing action, something that a person, animal, force of nature, or thing can do. As a result, words like these are called . Look at the examples below:

Chris the crunchy, honey-roasted grasshopper.

isn't something that trailer parks can do. is simply connecting the subject, , to something said about them, that they tend to attract tornadoes.

The crunchy, honey-roasted grasshopper good.

Even though is often a verb, it can also be a noun. The of the potato chips, for example, is a thing, a sound that we can hear. You therefore need to analyze the function that a word provides in a sentence before you determine what grammatical name to give that word.

Sylvia always  at cute guys driving hot cars.

is something that Sylvia can do.

You must remember that verbs can have more than one part. In fact, a verb can have as many as four parts. A multi-part verb has a base or main part as well as additional helping or with it. Check out the examples below:

is something that the telephone can do.

is something that thunder can do.

Many words in English have more than one function. Sometimes a word is a , sometimes a verb, sometimes a . As a result, you must often analyze the job a word is doing in the sentence. Look at these two examples:

Thunder  in the distance, sending my poor dog scrambling under the bed.

During bad storms, trailer parks often magnets for tornadoes.

Can you ? Is something you can do? Can you ? Is there someone outside the window right now? Can you ? Do your obnoxious neighbors keep you up until 2 a.m. because they are ? Can you ? What does a person do when she's ? Can you ? Show me what is. Can you ? Bingo! Sure you can! Run five miles and you'll be panting. Can you ? Of course not! But can you ? You bet—although we don't need a demonstration of this ability. In the sentence above, therefore, there are two action verbs: and .