The letter F can be a pretty forceful letter. With it, we can fabricate fanciful fables and follow our dreams all the way to the stars.
If you're creating a master vocabulary list, a full set of verbs that start with F will do you well. Your chapters and verses will be less likely to fizzle and flounder. Let's take a look at 50 of the most popular F-verbs.
A verb is a word that expresses action or describes a state of being. Every word sits in a specific place and plays a specific role in a sentence. As such, verbs in English typically come after the subject of the sentence and before the object of the sentence.
For example, "Farrah fascinated the audience." In this sentence, "Farrah" is the subject, "fascinated" is the verb showing action, and "audience" is the object receiving the action of the verb.
Ready for the fun to pop off the page? From fantasize to fascinate, here are 50 F-verbs that will make your writing sparkle and shine.
1. Fabricate - to create or manufacture something
2. Fade - to begin to wither away and disappear
3. Fail - to be unsuccessful at something
4. Faint - to lose consciousness for a period of time
5. Fall - to drop or come down, often unexpectedly
6. Falter - to hesitate in word or action
7. Fantasize - to imagine or daydream
8. Fascinate - to hold one's attention
9. Fasten - to join one thing to another
10. Fatten - to make plump by feeding
11. Favor - to show preferential treatment
12. Fear - to be afraid of someone or something
13. Feature - to bring special attention to someone or something
14. Feed - to provide food for someone or something
15. Feel - to explore something, using your sense of touch
16. Feign - to act in a way you don't feel
17. Ferry - to carry people or things across a body of water by boat
18. Fetch - to get something and bring it back
19. Fib - to tell a small or inconsequential lie
20. Fiddle - to spend time doing something without a goal in mind
21. Fidget - to make small movements, often because you're restless, nervous, or uncomfortable
22. Fight - to participate in a physical or verbal disagreement
23. File - to put important papers away in an orderly manner
24. Filter - to remove impurities or unwanted material
25. Finalize - to bring to completion
26. Find - to locate something that was once lost
27. Finish - to complete or give the final touches to
28. Fix - to repair, attach, or secure
29. Fizzle - to end weakly, especially after a hopeful beginning
30. Flail - to wave wildly
31. Flake - to peel or chip off
32. Flap - to wave arms or wings up and down
33. Flash - to give off a sudden light
34. Flatter - to praise or compliment
35. Flaunt - to go out of your way to display something
36. Flavor - to add a specific taste to something
37. Flee - to run away from someone or something to avoid something unpleasant
38. Flip - to turn something from one side to the other
39. Flourish - to succeed
40. Fluff - to shake until loose and light
41. Flush - to clean out by running water through
42. Flutter - to quickly flap wings, vibrate, or tremble
43. Fly - to move through the air, often with wings
44. Foam - to produce froth
45. Focus - to concentrate on something in particular
46. Fold - to bring one part over another
47. Follow - to pursue
48. Freeze - to make something frozen
49. Frown - to make a face indicating disapproval by turning the corners of your mouth down and furrowing your brow
50. Fuel - to give energy or power
The primary category of verbs is action verbs. Sometimes called dynamic verbs, action verbs express the action of the sentence, whether that's physical or mental. For example, "The puppy follows her everywhere she goes." Here's a more thorough list of action verb examples if you'd like to study them further.
Another category of verbs is linking verbs. Linking verbs are typically "to be" verbs, as in "am," "is," "are," "was," and "were." They link the subject with more information. For example, "Jack and Jill form the executive committee."
Things get really interesting when students are introduced to irregular verbs. On the one hand, regular verbs change from present tense to past tense with -ed added at the end. For example, "When she couldn't focus on her manuscript anymore, she focused on her next blog entry." Irregular verbs, by contrast, live by their own set of rules. Here's an example: "I didn't fight with him; he fought with her."
The only way to familiarize yourself with irregular verbs is to memorize them. Take some time to review this list of irregular verbs and commit some of the most popular ones to memory.
F-verbs are interesting. They help writers foster many tales. Let's look at some example sentences where the F-verbs are hard at work. Click on the link in each sentence for more example sentences containing that F-verb:
1. He's not going to fabricate a lie about me and get away with it.
2. When she's in the courtroom, she never falters.
3. Let's feature the vanilla crème brûlée as tonight's dessert special.
4. Will you fetch me last night's menu?
5. Ready to finalize the details of our battle plan?
6. Snow White and Prince Charming's love will never fizzle out and die.
7. It's not wise to flaunt your money.
8. Their new kingdom will flourish through the ages.
9. She watched the pages from her manuscript flutter to the ground.
10. You fold your laundry so neatly!
If you're looking to become a famous writer, start by fostering fastidious writing habits. Create a schedule. Write even when you don't feel like writing. That's what makes vocabulary lists so wonderful.
The next time you're stuck, pull out your master vocabulary list and pluck a word at random. Write a sentence containing that word. Then, see where you go. Try some of these Creative Writing Exercises too. And keep building that vocabulary list with these Verbs That Start with N. You never know what's going to pop out at you next!