Daily Grammar

Lesson 244

Parts of the Sentence - Verbals Review

Instructions: Using all the knowledge learned in the previous lessons, find the verbsVerbs show action or state of being. Most verbs are action words, but a few verbs indicate state of being or existence.
Source: Lesson 1
, subjectsThe subject tells who or what about the verb.  Source: Lesson 91, predicate nominativesA predicate nominative or predicate noun completes a linking verb and renames the subject. It is a complement or completer because it completes the verb. Predicate nominatives complete only linking verbs. The verb in a sentence having a predicate nominative can always be replaced by the word equals.  Source: Lesson 102, direct objectsA direct object receives the action performed by the subject. The verb used with a direct object is always an action verb. Another way of saying it is that the subject does the verb to the direct object.
Source: Lesson 109
, appositivesAn appositive is a word or group of words that identifies or renames the noun or pronoun that it follows. It is set off by commas unless closely tied to the word that it identifies or renames. ("Closely tied" means that it is needed to identify the word.) An appositive can follow any noun or pronoun.  Source: Lesson 128, nouns of addressNouns or nominatives of address are the persons or things to which you are speaking. They are set off from the rest of the sentence by a comma or commas, may have modifiers, and are not related to the rest of the sentence grammatically. You can remove them and a complete sentence remains. Source: Lesson 131, adjectivesAdjectives modify or affect the meaning of nouns and pronouns and tell us which, whose, what kind, and how many about the nouns or pronouns they modify. They come before the noun or pronoun they modify.  Source: Lesson 151, predicate adjectivesAn adjective that comes after a linking verb and modifies the subject.
Source: Lesson 155
, adverbsAdverbs are words that modify (1) verbs, (2) adjectives, and (3) other adverbs. They tell how (manner), when (time), where (place), how much (degree), and why (cause). Source: Lesson 161, prepositionsA preposition is a word that begins a prepositional phrase and shows the relationship between its object and another word in the sentence. A preposition must always have an object.  Source: Lesson 180, objects of the preposition, indirect objectsAn indirect object is really a prepositional phrase in which the preposition to or for is not stated but understood. It tells to whom or for whom something is done. The indirect object always comes between the verb and the direct object.  Source: Lesson 191, objective complementsAn objective complement can be a noun or an adjective which follows the direct object renaming or modifying it. It is used with verbs like make, name, call, choose, elect, and appoint.  Source: Lesson 196, conjunctionsA conjunction is a word that joins other words, phrases (groups of words), or clauses (groups of words with a subjects and verb).  Source: Lesson 201, and verbalsA verbal is a verb form used as some other part of speech.  Source: Lesson 206 in the following sentences.

If the word is a verbal, tell whether it is a gerundA gerund is a verbal that always ends in ing and is used as a noun. Example: Eating is fun.  Source: Lesson 212, participleA participle is a verbal and is used as an adjective. Participles end in various ways. They modify nouns and pronouns and can precede or follow the word they modify. Examples: played, broken, brought, sung, seeing, having seen, being seen, seen, having been seen.  Source: Lesson 222, noun infinitiveA noun infinitive is a verbal that is to plus a verb form. It can be used as a noun. Examples: to be, to see, to be seen, to be eaten.  Source: Lesson 212, adjective infinitiveAn adjective infinitive is a verbal that is to plus a verb form. It can be used as an adjective. Examples: to be, to see, to be seen, to be eaten.  Source: Lesson 224, or adverb infinitiveAn adverb infinitive is a verbal that is to plus a verb form. It can be used as an adverb. Examples: to be, to see, to be seen, to be eaten.  Source: Lesson 234.  If there are any adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases, verbals, or verbal phrases then tell what word they modify.

The actors performed there to entertain and to be seen.
TheAdj actorsS performedV thereAdv  
to entertainVbl andC to be seenVbl.

  - The modifies actors
  - there modifies performed
  - to entertain and to be seen (adverb infinitives) modify performed


1. The ricocheting car flew through the wall of the house.

TheAdj ricochetingVbl carS flewV throughPrep theAdj  
wallOoP ofPrep theAdj houseOoP.

  - The modifies car
  - ricocheting (participle) modifies car
  - through the wall (prepositional phrase) modifies flew
  - the modifies wall
  - of the house (prepositional phrase) modifies wall
  - the modifies house

2. Go to the thesaurus to find a better word.

GoV toPrep theAdj thesaurusOoP to findVbl aAdj betterAdj  
wordDO. (understood youS)

  - to the thesaurus (prepositional phrase) modifies Go
  - the modifies thesaurus
  - to find a better word (adverb infinitive phrase) modifies Go
  - a and better modify word
  - word is a direct object to to find

3. This computer program is difficult to understand and follow.

ThisAdj computerAdj programS isV difficultPAdj  
to understandVbl andC followVbl.

  - This and computer modify program
  - difficult modifies program
  - to understand and (to) follow (adverb infinitives) modify difficult

4. Have you tried writing a letter to him?

HaveV youS triedV writingVbl aPAdj letterDO toPrep  

  - writing a letter to him (gerund phrase) used as a direct object
  - a modifies letter
  - letter is used as a direct object to writing
  - to him (prepositional phrase) modifies writing

5. Harold's chief interests are gambling and spending money.

Harold'sAdj chiefAdj interestsS areV  
gamblingVbl andC spendingVbl moneyDO.

  - Harold's and chief modifies interests
  - gambling (gerund) and spending money (gerund phrase) used as predicate nominatives
  - money is a direct object to spending

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