Monday, January 26, 2015

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 boyis 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 verbfirst 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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