fixed action pattern
a highly stereotyped pattern of behavior that is characteristic of a particular species.
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What Is An Action Verb?Action verbs are typically single words that describe what a person or thing in a sentence does (like run, write, yell, and think). So if it answers the question What is the subject doing? it’s the action verb. In the sentence “John paints the garage,” the subject is John. To find the action verb, ask yourself What is John doing? John paints, so the action …
Origin of fixed action pattern
said to be a translation of German Erbkoordination, term used by Konrad Lorenz
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