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Lesson 91

Parts of the Sentence - Subject/Verb


A simple sentence is a group of words expressing a complete thought, and it must have a subject and a verb (predicate - some grammar books use the word predicate, but I will use verb). A verb shows action or state of being. Examples: The bell rang. The boy is here. The subject tells who or what about the verb. Examples: The bell rang. The boy is here.


There are four (4) kinds of sentences: declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory.


1. A declarative sentence makes a statement. Example: The assignment is due tomorrow.


2. An imperative sentence gives a command or makes a request. Examples: Hand it in now. Stop.


3. An interrogative sentence asks a question. Example: Do you know the man?


4. An exclamatory sentence shows strong feeling. Declarative, imperative, or interrogative sentences can be made into exclamatory sentences by punctuating them with an exclamation point. Examples: The assignment is due tomorrow! Stop! Do you know the man!


When finding the subject and the verb in a sentence, always find the verb first and then say who or what followed by the verb. Example: The bell rang. Find the verb - rang. Now say who or what rang? The bell rang. Bell is the subject.


Instructions: Find the subject and verb in the following sentences.


1. Karen went to the mall.


2. Carl didn't help his dad.


3. Mom cooks breakfast every morning.


4. I want a new bike for Christmas.


5. Ann has had a new baby girl.



--For answers scroll down.















1. Karen - subject, went - verb


2. Carl - subject, did help - verb (verb phrase using a helping verb did)


3. Mom - subject, cooks - verb


4. I - subject, want - verb


5. Ann - subject, has had - verb (verb phrase using a helping verb has)


These verbs are all action verbs.



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