Subject/Verb ID

 

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Subjects and Verb Check Your Understanding

I.  Directions:
  Identify the subject and verb in each of the following simple sentences. Then click on Answer to check your response.
1. John played the piano.
 

 
2. The girl skipped rope.
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3. The waitress had cleaned off the table.
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4. The custodian was shampooing the carpet.
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5. There were two stuffed animals on the bed.
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6. There had been a table in the corner.
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7. George W. Bush is President of the United States.
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8. Hilary Clinton seems well qualified for a government position.
 

 
9. Julie is athletic.
 

 
10. Juan was quite muscular.


Challenge Question:  What are the characteristics of a simple  sentence?

II. Directions:  Identify the subject and verb in each of the following complex sentences. Then click on Answer to check your response.
 
1. When John played the piano, he made no errors.
 

 
2. After the girl skipped rope, she went in for lunch.
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3. While the waitress had cleaned off the table, she had not wiped off the salt shaker.
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4. Because the custodian was shampooing the carpet, we could not schedule the room.
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5. Although there were two stuffed animals on the bed, the child wanted her stuffed monkey.
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6. Even though there had been a table in the corner, now Jim did not want one there.
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7. While George W. Bush is President of the United States, he is pursuing terrorism.
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8. Because Hilary Clinton seems well qualified for a government position, she may run successfully for office.

 
9. While Julie is athletic, she remains quite feminine.
 

 
10. Because Juan was quite muscular, he successfully lifted the weight.

 

Challenge Question:  What is the difference between a simple and a complex sentence?

 
III. Directions:  Identify the subject and verb in each of the following COMPOUND sentences. Then click on Answer to check your response.

1. John played the piano, and he made no errors.

 

 
2. The girl skipped rope, and she went in for lunch.
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3. The waitress had cleaned off the table, but she had not wiped off the salt shaker.
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4. The custodian was shampooing the carpet, so we could not schedule the room.
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5. There were two stuffed animals on the bed, yet the child wanted her stuffed monkey.
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6. There had been a table in the corner, however, now Jim did not want one there.
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7. George W. Bush is President of the United States, and he is pursuing terrorism.
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8. Hilary Clinton seems well qualified for a government position; therefore, she may run successfully for office.

 
9. Julie is athletic, but she remains quite feminine.
 

 
10. Juan was quite muscular, therefore, he successfully lifted the weight.

 

Challenge Question:  What are the differences among a simple and a complex and a compound sentence?
 
IV. Directions:  Identify the subject and verb patterns in each of the following COMPOUND COMPLEX sentences. Then click on Answer to check your response.

1. When John played the piano, he made no errors; consequently, his parents were proud of him.

 

 
2. After the girl skipped rope, she went in for lunch, and then she took a nap.
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3. While the waitress had cleaned off the table, she had not wiped off the salt shaker, nor had she swept under the booth.
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4. Because the custodian was shampooing the carpet, we could not schedule the room; consequently, we requested a new location.
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5. Although there were two stuffed animals on the bed, the child wanted her stuffed monkey, and her parents got it for her.
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6. Even though there had been a table in the corner, now Jim did not want one there; he wanted one in the opposite corner.
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7. While George W. Bush is President of the United States, he is pursuing terrorism, and his effort is supported by the U. S. Congress.
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8. Because Hilary Clinton seems well qualified for a government position, she may run successfully for office, and eventually she may be the first female U.S. President.

 
9. While Julie is athletic, she remains quite feminine; this combination makes her an attractive woman.
 

 
10. Because Juan was quite muscular, he successfully lifted the weight, and he won the 2002 Oregon State Championship competition in high school.

 

Challenge Question:  What are the differences among a simple and a complex and a compound and a COMPOUND COMPLEX sentence?

McS | Spring 2002 | Update Winter 2003

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