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Powerful Verb

What is a Powerful Verb?

A powerful verb is when you use a synonym to make your writing more descriptive and exciting.

How to use Powerful Verbs:

  • When using the word 'walk' in a sentence, try using trod, paced, sashayed, skulked or stamped.
  • One way to make verbs more interesting is to use nouns. Some nouns are very descriptive, like stink! This tells the reader something is really smelly.

Examples of using powerful verbs in a sentence:

  • His aftershave was too strong, it stunk.
  • She wormed her way out of the crowd.

Powerful verbs are used in poetry to be more descriptive; using them can make a sentence more interesting.

Why don’t you try writing a poem using powerful verbs and enter it into one of our Poetry Competitions.