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Tense, Number, Logic, and Prepositional
Exercise # 1
Lessons in English: Higher Course
Pupil's Edition. New York: William H. Sadlier,
Directions: Use the subjects and verbs below to write six sentences.
In each sentence include at least three prepositional
phrases, one that indicates where, one that indicates when or how long,
and one that describes (identifies) a noun.
Make two of the sentences past tense, two
present, and two future.
In different sentences, place the prepositional
phrases in different places -- before, after, or between the subject and
You can change the number (singular or plural)
of the subjects and verbs, and you can add additional words and phrases
if you so wish.
After each sentence, write "past" "present" or "future"
to indicate the tense, and "singular" or "plural" to indicate the number
of the subject and verb.
1. clock ticks
2. drums bang
3. robin sings
4. wind blows
5. child eats
6. baby plays
For an exercise for your classmates, make a set
of six subjects and verbs like those above.