Grammar Bellringer #6 Finding Subjects & Verbs #1 Auxiliary Verbs List 1. am 9. do 17. may 23. can 2. is 10. doing 18. might 24. will 3. are 11. does 19. must 25. ought 4. was 12. did 26. shall 5. were 6. be 13. have 20. could 7. been 14. having 21. should 8. being 15. Had 22. would 16. has How to Find the Main Subject & Main Verb in a Sentence 1.) Identify and mark all prepositional phrases and infinitives. • Your main subject & verb are never inside these. 2.) Now, ask yourself: who or what the sentence is about- this is your main subject. • The subject can be anywhere in the sentence. • You can have compound subjects (more than one subject). • Understood “you” subject for imperative/command sentences. 3.) Now, ask yourself: what is the subject doing?- this is your main verb. • You can have compound verbs (more than one verb). • Include auxiliary verbs (refer to list) that are being connected/linked to the main verb. Ex. Ellie left school without her backpack to catch the bus in time. She and her friends will arrive to the party after the movie. Practice: 1. Write the following sentences 2. Label all prepositional phrases 3. Mark out infinitives 4. Underline the main subject once, main verb twice. 1.My friend Carlos will be calling me to meet me at the basketball court later. 2.Without an early notice you could be given a warning on your late arrival to class. 3.Behind us on the busy freeway was a green army ambulance. 4.Please help in the garden to prepare for the contest. 5.The boy and his brown collie ran from the accident in the park.