In this grammer aid we’re going to look at subjects and verbs, using John Langan’s great book College Writing Skills, With Readings, 9th Edition. I like this text because it’s user-friendly, written in clear plain English and provides great guidance for both essay writing and grammar. The book is also useful in being aimed at students for American colleges.
Today we’re going to look at the chapter on subjects and verbs (page 441+).
Let’s do the exercise for the sentences below:
In each of the following sentences identify the subject and the verb.
- The ripening tomatoes glistened on the sunny windowsill.
- Acupuncture reduces the pain of my headaches.
- Elena twisted a strand of hair around her fingers.
- My brother built his bookshelves from cinder blocks and wood planks.
- A jackrabbit bounds up to fifteen feet in one leap.
- The singer’s diamond earrings sparkled in the spotlight.
- Walk Disney created the cartoon character Mickey Mouse.
- The Federal Burea of Investigation (FBI) pursues violators of federal laws.
- Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain sponsored Columbus’s voyages.
- On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant.
OK, good job!