Subject-Verb Recognition Practice #2
Natural & Inverted Order Sentences


Ready for a challenge?  Try finding the simple subject and simple predicate (verb) in the following exercise.  A little review may help you....

Natural Order Sentences: Sentences that we generally write with the subject before the predicate.
Inverted Order Sentences: Sentences where part or all of the predicate comes before the subject.  The subject is a little harder to find in this type of sentence.  Find the verb and ask who or what did that verb.

Example: Down the street ran the dog.
          The verb is: ran.  Who or what ran?  Dog.  Dog is the subject.

Another example: Did you find the key?
In a question, try to change it to a statement.  You did find the key.  Now the sentence is in natural order and the subject is: You.  The verb is: did find.  Remember the simple subject is a noun or pronoun that the sentence is talking about.  The simple predicate is the verb.  That verb may be made up of several words (verb phrase) consisting of helping verbs and main verb.

REMEMBER THAT "HERE" AND "THERE" WILL NEVER BE THE SUBJECT OF A SENTENCE.  THOSE WORDS WILL BE EITHER AN INTRODUCTORY WORD OR AN ADVERB.



Exercise Directions:
Make two columns on your paper.  Label one column "Subject."  Label the other column "Verb or Predicate."  Then, write down the simple subject and simple predicate in each of the following sentences.

1. Into the classroom ran the cat.
2. Was the bird a household pet?
3. Will you help me with the chores?
4. A crash was heard in the back of the room.
5. There will be fifty children on the field trip.
6. Have you written your essay for the school yet?
7. The dog was lying next to the bed.
8. Few of the students knew the answer to that test question.
9. Here is the answer.
10. The kind of decorations at the party will depend on the children.

 

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