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Warm Up 2/23

Copy the following sentences in your notebook

and identify all verbs. Locate which nouns or
pronouns they are modifying.
1.) It was the middle of the morning.
2.) Brinker had closed with such energy, almost
enthusiasm, on the truth that I gave it to him
without many misgivings.
3.) Ill bet he cracked up, didnt he?

Subjects and verbs must AGREE with

one another in number (singular or
plural). Thus, if a subject is singular, its
verb must also be singular. If a subject
is plural, its verb must also be plural.
if a

subject is plural, its verb must also be plural.

A curious emotion stirred in Winstons heart.

What is the orange part of the sentence called?
How do you know?

Prepositions are relational
terms. They locate the
action of the sentence in
time and space.


When locating the subject and verb of a

sentence, make sure to ignore prepositional
phrases. They will lead you astray!!!

Are these sentences

1.) A bouquet of yellow roses lend color
and fragrance to the room.
2.) A car and a bike are my means of

Are these sentences correct?

1.) Winston, together with other workers in the Ministry,
have to lie to themselves to get through the day.
2.) Neither Finny nor Gene suspects that Leper knows what
happened up in the tree.

There is many misconceptions about subject verb

agreement, especially concerning how to factor in
prepositional phrases.

Independent Practice
The tree was not only stripped by the cold
season, it seemed weary from age, enfeebled,
dry. I was thankful, very thankful that I had
seen it. So the more things remain the same,
the more they change after all--plus cest la
meme chose, plus ca change. Nothing
endures, not a tree, not love, not even a death
by violence.

so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white

so much depends

*depends and glazed are

the only verbs in the poem.

a red wheel * glazed is a past participle verb. works like

an adjective. modifies wheelbarrow.
glazed with rain
beside the white

*highlighted terms are prepositional


More Practice. Find the verbs and link them

to their respective subjects
Between nine and ten, at last, in the high clear
picture--he was moving in these days, as in a
gallery, from clever canvas to clever canvas-he drew a long breath: it was so presented to
him from the first that the spell of his luxury
wouldn't be broken.
Henry James, The Ambassadors

Warm Up 2/24
Write this warm up on a separate piece of
What qualities of Julia does Winston find
especially attractive? Name at least two
qualities and use evidence from the text to
support your argument. (You do not need to
use quotations if you dont wish to).

Warm Up Pt 2
Exchange your warm up with the person sitting
next to you. Once you have someone elses
warm up, read through it carefully. Circle all
verbs and, with an arrow, link them to the
nouns they modify. Determine whether there
are subject-verb agreement errors.
REMEMBER: Do not be thrown off by
prepositional phrases.