Parts of Speech. Part II. Verbs. Verbs show the action or being of a sentence Action Verbs throw, run, sing, dance, holler, play Being Verbs is, was, were, are, seems, appears, smells
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Go to the link below, and find all the linking verbs. You can print it out if you have any questions; remember that knowing the linking verbs will help you a lot when you are trying to find subjects and verbs.
One trick to finding verbs is to put the word “Yesterday” or “Tomorrow” in front of the sentence. This will force you to change the tense of the sentence, and verbs are the only words that change tense, so you will easily find the verbs.
For example: The girl straightens her hair.
Put “Yesterday” in front of this sentence, and which word has to change?
It’s especially important to identify prepositional phrases when you are trying to find subjects of sentences because the words in a prepositional phrase will never be the subjects of your sentences. In fact, you can just cross them out to make life easier.
Pay particular attention to prepositional phrases that start with the preposition “of”. Nine of my friends are here. In this case, Nine is the subject of the sentence, not friends.
It’s worthwhile to loosely memorize the list of prepositions, so you can always cross out prepositional phrases when you want to see the bare bones of any sentence.
Take some time to study and even memorize these categories of conjunctions. It will make punctuation and avoiding run-ons so much easier in the future. Now, do the conjunction section on the DLA and ask the instructor on duty any questions that you may have about conjunctions.