A simple sentence is a group of words that names something and then says something about what it has named. Because the thing that is named is what the sentence is about, grammarians call it the “subject.” The most important words that say something about the subject are called “verbs.” In the following sentence, the subject and verb are each underlined once. The subject is in green and the verb is in blue.
The following are examples of sentences:
The following are examples of phrases:
There are thousands of verbs in English, and learning to recognize them is probably the hardest part of understanding grammar. The next few exercises will help you. You will be expected to make some mistakes, but the next lessons will introduce you to some verbs that you will be expected to always recognize correctly.
Note that many sentences will have more than one subject/verb pattern:
At supper, the food was passed around, and the glasses clashed together till they rang again; while before the town-gate the mail-coach stopped with twelve strange passengers.Simply find a verb or verb phrase, find its subject, and then check for another verb and its subject until there are no more verbs in the sentence. Then go to the next sentence.