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Read this worksheet all the way through before you do it. The worksheet tells how to find subjects and verbs.


1. Finding the complete verb is not hard to do.

2. All you have to do is ask, "What's happening?"

3. However, you must ask yourself that question outloud,

4. or it won't work!

5. Remember, action verbs show what

6. you can do with your body or your mind.

7. Linking verbs are trickier to find.

8. To find a linking verb, see if

9. you can replace any word with "is."

10. The word that you change for "is"

12. is a linking verb.

13. Auxiliary verbs, as the name suggests,

14. help the main verb by showing time or condition.

15. Find the auxiliary verbs by first finding the main verb and then moving backwards to check for more verbs.

16. 'Ly' words signal that

17. you should continue to move backwards to find more helping verbs.

18. "Not," "never," and time words like "sometimes" and "often" also warn you to keep searching for helpers.

19. Watch out for emotionall words like "happy" and "sad."

20. Emotional words like "serious" and "unhappy" are not verbs.


1. To find the subject, you must find the verb first.

2. A sentence may consist of a verb and nothing else.

3. This is why

4. the verb, not the subject, is the essential part of the sentence.

5. Do not forget that sometimes

6. the subject of a sentence may be understood.

7. This happens in declaritive sentences, otherwise known as commands.

8. The subject of a command is always "you," but

9. the "you" is understood.

10. When the "you" is understood,

11. the "you" is not written or spoken.

12. It is implied.

13. Once you have found the verb,

14. ask outloud,

15. "Who or what blah?"

16. "Blah" is the verb

17. that you have found.

18. Again, this technique only works if

19. you say it outloud.

20. The subject of the sentence always does the verb

21. or has the state of being of the verb.

22. In the case of a linking verb, the subject is joined to the predicate adjective or to the predicate nomitive.

23. In otherwords, the linking verb ties the subject to the predicate adjective or to the predicate nomitive.

24. Subjects are really easy to find.

25. Just remember,

26. that the object of the preposition is never the subject of the sentence.

27. The crossing out of the prepositional phrases makes it easier to find the subject and verb.

There is an answer key for these exercises. Just go to answer key!.

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