The interesting thing about verbs is that, unlike adverbs and adjectives, they can change in form, and there are several forms that belong to verbs. For example, the verb to walk has five forms, which have different dynamics to sentences:
To walk, walk, walks, walked and walking.
-To walk with Tom is fun.
-I took a walk with Tom.
-Our walks together are fun.
-I walked with Tom.
-I like walking with Tom.
These examples show the difference with each sentence, whether it is to show past, present or future tense, to show the tone of the narrative and to convey active or passive voice.
The manager watered the plant.
The difference is very noticeable and so much better in active voice. It’s tighter, concise and easier to read and is so much stronger than the passive voice.
What about nouns? Nouns refer to people, places, animals or things, for instance telephone is a thing, London is a place, a dog is an animal and Tom is a person. For example:
Tom visited London with his dog, Jenny, and used a telephone to call home once he had arrived.
Nouns provide a multitude of functions within sentences – as subjects, as direct objects, as indirect objects, as subject complements or object complements. They are everywhere, and without them, writing would be pretty bland.
Every sentence you write contains verbs and nouns, but because writers tend to rely too much on adjectives and adverbs, which means that there are not enough verbs and nouns in the narrative, for instance:
John was terribly handsome and wore thick black ruffled shirt and was dancing around the floor, showing off to the girls. His bright blue sparkling eyes majestically caught every girl’s attention…
This whole paragraph is strewn with adverbs and adjectives. With strong verbs and nouns, the sentence is much better, like this:
John’s blue eyes sparkled as he showed off to the girls gathered around the dance floor. Lean and handsome in his ruffled shirt, he caught every girl’s attention with his dance moves.
While it’s true that you can’t eradicate every adverb or adjective from your narrative – sometimes some of these words are required – you can minimise the amount you use. Writers often rely too much on adjectives, and there is such thing as adjective overload. All they do is clog the narrative.