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NAME
CLASS
GRAMMAR
for CHAPTER 2: THE PARTS OF A SENTENCE
DATE
pages 37=38
Simple and Complete Subjects
2c.
The main word or word group that tells whom or what the sentence is about is called the simple
subject.
The complete subject consists of the simple subject and any words or word groups that
modify the simple subject.
SENTENCE The flowers in the vase are wilted.
COMPLETE SUBJECT The flowers in the vase
SIMPLE SUBJECT flowers
EXERCISE A In each sentence below, underline the simple subject.
Example 1. The last person out of the gym pulled the door shut.
1. Twenty people applied for the job.
2. Last year my mother traveled to China.
3. The cat’s thick fur was soft to the touch.
4. Is The Hobbit your favorite book?
5. The wet, exhausted hiker was happy to see the shelter.
6. The long rain yesterday turned our yard green overnight.
7. Suddenly, the old bridge began to sag in the middle.
8. The large, orange ball bounced over my head.
9. The dog just had puppies.
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10. Cool, fresh air blew through the open window.
EXERCISE B In each sentence below, underline the complete subject and circle the simple subject.
Example 1. The small child appeared to be lost.
11. A young boy was wandering alone through the large shopping mall.
12. The fearful child began to cry.
13. Several concerned shoppers tried to help him.
14. The frightened child, however, would not speak.
15. Finally, an elderly lady walked up to the child.
16. The kind lady began to tell the child a story.
17. Her long, funny story was about a prince.
18. The handsome prince had gotten lost on the way to see his lady.
19. A beautiful white horse helped the prince find his way.
20. After telling the story, the kindhearted lady helped the child find his mother.
Language and Sentence Skills Practice
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