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Title: Subjects and Predicates


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Subjects and Predicates
  • An Exploration of Sentences

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Complete Subject
The complete subject is all the words in the
subject part of the sentence. The subject part
names someone or something. It is what the
sentence is about.
Find the complete subject in each of these
sentences. Underline the complete subject once.
1. Toads and frogs are amphibians.
.
2. Frogs have smooth, wet skin.

3. Toads have dry, warty skin.

4. Missouri has 26 species of frogs and toads.
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Complete Predicate
The complete predicate is all the words in the
predicate part of the sentence. The predicate
part tells what the subject is or does.
Find the complete predicate in each of these
sentences. Underline the complete predicate
twice.
1. Toads and frogs defend themselves in several
ways.
2. Toads defend themselves by
producing toxic or unpleasant tasting skin
secretions when they are seized.


3. The toads and frogs native to Missouri
are a valuable part of our outdoor heritage.
4.
The age-old myth that toads can cause warts on
people is false.
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Simple Subject
The simple subject is the main word in the
complete subject. In your writing choose your
subjects carefully to make your meaning clear.
Descriptive words are not part of the simple
subject. When a proper name is used as a
subject, all parts of the name make up the simple
subject.
Write the simple subject in each of these
sentences. Remember descriptive words are not
part of the simple subject.
Missouris largest frog is the bullfrog.

2. The bullfrog is
Missouris state amphibian.
3. This
large frog lives in a variety of permanent,
aquatic habitats.
4. Bullfrogs eat insects,
crayfish, frogs, small fish, and other small
animals .
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Simple Predicate or Verb
The simple predicate, or verb, is the main word
or words in the complete predicate. The simple
predicate is always a verb! A verb expresses
action or being. Sometimes a verb is made up of
more than one word. A verb is a word used to
express an action, a condition, or a state of
being. A linking verb tells what the subject is.
An action verb tells what the subject does, even
when the action cannot be seen.
Find and write the simple predicate in each of
these sentences.
1. Northern crawfish frogs live in native
prairies an grasslands near small creeks or
marshes.
2. Northern crawfish frogs
range from 3 to 4 inches in head-body length.

3. This prairie species eats a
variety of insects, spiders and small crayfish.

4. This is Missouris second largest species of
frog.
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Let's Practice
Write each sentence. Underline the complete
subject once. Underline the complete predicate
twice.
1. The writer Washington Irving lived from 1783
to 1859.
2. Rip Van Winkle is one of
his best-known stories. 3. This
humorous tale is set in the Catskills.
4. James Fenimore Cooper wrote The
Leatherstocking Tales during the first half of
the nineteenth century.
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Let's Practice
Write the complete subject and circle the simple
subject.
1. The best natural weather predictors are
clouds. 2. The most
common rainmakers are nimbostratus
clouds. 3. These thick gray
clouds blot out the sun completely.
4. The low-lying layers are often
a sign of heavy rain.
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Let's Practice
Write the complete predicate and circle the verb.
1. Arthur told no one about his plans for the
day. 2. No one knew
his whereabouts. 3. The
young man ignored danger signals during the
day. 4. He should
have set a more realistic goal.
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