Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Simple Sentences
Simple sentences are independent clauses.
They contain a subject and a predicate.
(Part 3)

Rule 4: Simple sentences can have a verb in any tense (past, present,    
              future), mood (indicative or imperative), or voice (active or passive).

            e.g:  My friend shops at the mall on the weekend. (present)
                    My friend shopped at the mall last weekend. (past)
                    My friend will shop at the mall next weekend. (future)
                    You shop at the mall every weekend. (indicative)
                    Shop at the mall this weekend! (imperative; subject is “you”   
                    The next player at bat hit the baseball into left field. (active)
                    The baseball was hit into left field by the next player at bat.     

Exercise C. Identify the subject and predicate in these simple sentences.
Circle the simple subject and underline the simple predicate.

1. Three years ago my baby sister was born on the first day of January.

2. Put your dirty clothes in the basket in the upstairs bathroom, please.

3. The older boys were given a chance to buy raffle tickets after the meeting.

4. Most of the time my classmates were wearing heavy clothes in the winter

5. The shiny yellow toy was easily caught by the eager collie puppy.

6. Both of my brothers will be in Oregon next week for the festival.

7. Please don’t leave your wet raincoat lying on the dining room chair.

8. She had been wondering about that idea for quite a while now.

9. Her left arm was badly broken at the wrist during the automobile accident.

10. In 2010, the leaders of the nations of this planet will face many important
      environmental problems.

Answer Key

Exercise C

(subject / verb)

1. sister / was born

2. you (understood) / put

3. boys / were given

4. classmates / were wearing

5. toy / was caught

6. both / will be

7. you (understood) / do leave

8. she / had been wondering

9. arm / was broken
10. leaders / will face