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Action Words: List of Verbs of Body Movement with ESL Pictures!

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Action words are an essential part of the English language and are used to express a wide range of ideas and concepts. This lesson provides useful verbs of body movement you should know in English to help you expand your vocabulary.

Action Words

In English, action words are known as verbs. They are used to express actions, states, or occurrences, and are a fundamental part of sentence structure. Examples of action words in English include “run,” “jump,” “think,” “write,” and “sing.” Verbs can be conjugated to indicate tense, mood, and voice, and can be used in various forms to indicate aspect, voice, and modality.

List of Common Action Words

  • Walk
  • Run
  • Jump
  • Swim
  • Climb
  • Dance
  • Sing
  • Write
  • Read
  • Speak
  • Listen
  • Cook
  • Drive
  • Fly
  • Ride
  • Sail
  • Dive
  • Fish
  • Hunt
  • Paint
  • Draw
  • Sculpt
  • Play
  • Exercise
  • Train
  • Work
  • Study

Action Words with Meanings

Verbs to express body movement

  • Tap – move your feet to the beat of music
  • Kick – use your feet to make something move
  • Limp – walk with difficulty because your leg or foot is injured
  • Paddle – walk in the sea with bare feet (but still wearing trousers, etc)
  • Wave – when you move your hand (or hands) in the air to attract attention or to say goodbye
  • Stroke – use long movements of your hand down someone’s skin (or an animal’s fur)
  • Tickle – lightly touch someone to make them laugh (because their skin is sensitive)
  • Pat – touch someone or something lightly with your open hand
  • Slap – use your open hand to hit someone or something
  • Punch – use your closed hand (fist) to hit someone or something
  • Rip – tear something using both hands
  • Scratch – use your nails on something
  • Grab – take something quickly with your hand
  • Flick – move something small away from you using your thumb and middle finger

Action Words: Verbs of Body Movement | Images

Action Words: List of Verbs of Body Movement with ESL Pictures!Action Words: List of Verbs of Body Movement with ESL Pictures!



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