Theo's overworked computer in a spray of sparks.

The curious toddler  a grasshopper into her mouth.

Francisco's comic book collection worth $20,000.00.

Then you have a list of verbs with multiple personalities: , , , , , , , , , and . Sometimes these verbs are linking verbs; sometimes they are action verbs. Their function in a sentence decides what you should call them.

Potato chips  too loudly to eat during an exam.

Clyde with the force of a tornado.

! ! ! ! ! What are these words doing? They are expressing action, something that a person, animal, force of nature, or thing can do. As a result, words like these are called . Look at the examples below:

So satirical essay topics and their content differ from other essays in their choice of topic and more importantly, in the way it tackles the topic. You should remember that the structure of a satirical essay is more than likely to be identical to any number of other essays. A satirical essay will have an introduction, some main paragraphs and a conclusion. If you ask someone '', make sure that person follows this rule.


is something that Ricky can do—although he might not enjoy it.

If you are unsure whether a sentence contains an action verb or not, look at every word in the sentence and ask yourself, "Is this something that a person or thing can do?" Take this sentence, for example:

Sylvia always at cute guys driving hot cars.

Essays can be a rewarding and challenging type of writing and are often assigned either to be done in class, which requires previous planning and practice (and a bit of creativity) on the part of the student, or as homework, which likewise demands a certain amount of preparation. Many poorly crafted essays have been produced on account of a lack of preparation and confidence. However, students can avoid the discomfort often associated with essay writing by understanding some common genres.

is something that Sylvia can do.

You have already been advised to go over the top when making your essay topic selection. Having done so, it is important that you match your writing with the topic. If you choose an outrageous topic, your writing must follow in similar vein. Anyone reading the title of your satirical essay should not be let down by what follows with the content. If you make some over-the-top statement in your topic, you must follow-up with over-the-top writing.

The telephone with shrill, annoying cries.

The Modes of Discourse—Exposition, Description, Narration, Argumentation (EDNA)—are common paper assignments you may encounter in your writing classes. Although these genres have been criticized by some composition scholars, the Purdue OWL recognizes the wide spread use of these approaches and students’ need to understand and produce them.

is something that the telephone can do.

Can you ? Is something you can do? Can you ? Is there someone outside the window right now? Can you ? Do your obnoxious neighbors keep you up until 2 a.m. because they are ? Can you ? What does a person do when she's ? Can you ? Show me what is. Can you ? Bingo! Sure you can! Run five miles and you'll be panting. Can you ? Of course not! But can you ? You bet—although we don't need a demonstration of this ability. In the sentence above, therefore, there are two action verbs: and .