Owl teacher

Colourful Verbs

Often you will find that you can avoid having to use an adverb to describe a verb if you choose a more appropriate verb instead. For instance, you could say that a person looked painfully at a distant object, or you could say that he squinted at it. You could say that a person kept money carefully, or you could say that she hoarded it.

For instance, three people climb up a hill, each in a very different way.

Daniel trudged up the hill.
Betty skipped up the hill.
Sylvester crept up the hill.

Here are some adverbs that might apply to the three people. Please type the words next to the correct person in the boxes just to the right of the three people. quicklyheavilyslilysadlynimbly
secretlyhappilyslowlyashamedly

There is enough space at the end of each line for two more adverbs to describe how the people went up the hill. Can you think of any suitable adverbs? We can infer quite a lot from the use of those three verbs, which just goes to show how powerful they are. Please type a couple of sentences indicating what you think these people are like, and you can make as many assumptions as you want when you do so:

In the sentences below, I would like you to enter a suitable verb that could replace the highlighted words. I have done the first one for you as an example.

  1. Harry looked with half-closed eyes into the bright light.
    Harry peered into the bright light.

  2. Petra (worked very hard) at her job from nine in the morning to five o'clock.

  3. Ashley (said out loud) the poem from memory.

  4. Francis (said nastily and rudely) that the children had to obey him.

  5. Anna (looked quickly for a moment) at my efforts before (throwing without care) them into the bin.    

  6. The teacher (explained forcibly) us with the need to walk in the corridors rather than run.

  7. Having drunk three beers, I walked unevenly and erratically home in the dark.

  8. In great haste, she climbed clumsily and with difficulty onto the moving train.

Ve haf vays of making you admit, bellow, chuckle, drawl ...

If you watch any old film about the Second World War, you might well have seen a situation like the following: The German officer has captured a British prisoner and is about to interrogate him. The prisoner is strapped to a chair and a bright light is shone in his eye, while the officer shouts at him in a strong German accent "Ve haf vays of making you talk!"

Talk? What a weak verb! I'm sure we can help our Teutonic friend by coming up with some more colourful verbs for him. Can you find one that starts with each letter of the alphabet? I've started you off with four up above, although I'm sure you can think of alternatives for A, B, C and D. In fairness, I think you can miss out X and Z, although Q and Y shouldn't cause too much of a problem:

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A: B: C: D: E: F:
G: H: I: J: K: L:
M: N: O: P: Q: R:
S: T: U: V: W: Y: