20+ Most Common Verbs in English

This is a list of the 20+ most common action verbs in English


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  • Read – Look at and comprehend the meaning of (written or printed matter) by interpreting the characters or symbols of which it is composed.

      Example: I love reading book.

  • Drink – Take liquid into the mouth and swallow.

      Example: We sat by the fire, drinking our tea

  • Knock – Strike a surface noisily to attract attention, especially when waiting to be let in through a door.

     Example: Listen! Someone is knocking the door.

  • Eat – Put (food) into the mouth and chew and swallow it.

     Example: He was eating a hot dog

  • Teach – Impart knowledge to or instruct (someone) as to how to do something.

     Example: He taught me how to ride a bike.

  • Swim – Propel the body through water by using the limbs.

     Example: He swims thirty lengths twice a week.

  • Hug – Squeeze (someone) tightly in one’s arms, typically to express affection.

      Example: He hugged her close to him

  • Comb - Untangle or arrange (the hair) by drawing a comb through it.

 Example:  She combed her hair and put some lipstick on.

  • Laugh - Make the spontaneous sounds and movements of the face and body that are the instinctive expressions of lively amusement and sometimes also of derision.

Example: She couldn't help laughing at his jokes

  • Hammer - Hit or beat (something) repeatedly with a hammer or similar object.

     Example: He hammered the tack in

  • Cry - Shed tears in distress, pain, or sorrow.

     Example: Don't cry—it'll be all right.

  • Cook - Prepare (food, a dish, or a meal) by mixing, combining, and heating the ingredients.

     Example: Shall I cook dinner tonight?

  • Sleep - Be in a state of sleep.

    Example: She slept for half an hour

  • Knit - Make (a garment, blanket, etc.) by interlocking loops of wool or other yarn with knitting needles or on a machine.

     Example: He was knitting a sweater


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