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30 awesome action verbs to replace "is," "are" and "was"

Sometimes, verbs of being are necessary. But a lot of the time, “is,” “are,” “was” and “were” are B-O-R-I-N-G, boring. We challenge you to run through your story and highlight every single verb of being. Then, think about which ones you can replace—try to replace as many as you can. Here are 30 fabulous verbs to get you started.

 

Ache, or suffer from continuous, dull pain

 

Bawl, or to weep loudly

 

Bellow, or to let out a deep, loud roar, typically in anger

 

Cajole, or to persuade someone to do something by using flattery

 

Chomp, or to chew vigorously (or fret impatiently)

 

Decipher, or to convert into a normal language

 

Dupe, or to deceive

 

Enchant, or to charm

 

Equivocate, or to use ambiguous language to conceal the truth

 

Falter, or to start to lose strength

 

Foretell, or to predict

 

Grumble, or to bad-temperedly complain about something in a quiet way

 

Hijack, or to illegally seize a vehicle in transit and force it in another direction, or use it for your own purposes

 

Hiss, or to make a sharp, sibilant “s” sound

 

Infuse, or to soak in liquid to extract the flavor or healing properties

 

Jabber, or to talk excitedly and quickly but make little sense

 

Jeer, or to make rude and mocking remarks

 

Knit, or to unite

 

Mine, or to dig or burrow in

 

Molt, or to shed feathers, hair or skin to make way for new growth

 

Ogle, or to state at in a lecherous manner

 

Peep, or to look quickly and furtively at someone

 

Pine, or to miss or long for the return of (someone)

 

Radiate, or to spread from a central point

 

Rave, or to talk wildly or incoherently

 

Savor, or to taste and enjoy completely

 

Scoot, or to go quickly

 

Snicker, or to give a smothered laugh

 

Thaw, or to melt or unfreeze

 

Vanquish, or to defeat thoroughly

 

 

 

What’s your favorite word, #inklings? Tell us in the comments!

published April 20, 2014
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