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  • 1. September 6, 2011
    If you were not here on Thursday, see me to register your i>Clicker
  • 2. Turn in your reading journal
  • 3. Make sure you have the correct course code for My Writing Lab
    College255483W
  • 4. Verbs
  • 5. Verbs
    The verb in a sentence expresses action or links the subject to the rest of sentence.
  • 6. Three types of verbs:
    Action
    Linking
    Helping
  • 7. Action Verbs
    In the following sentences, the verb expresses action.
    Mary Louise drives the truck.
    The dog ate my homework.
    The musician played a great set of songs.
     
  • 8. Linking Verbs
    In these next sentences, the verb links the subject to the rest of the sentence. The most common linking verbs are forms of the verb to be: am, are, is, was, were, be, been, being.
    I am tall.
    The children were hungry.
    Miriam is ready to graduate.
     
  • 9. How to Test for a Linking Verb
    Sally feels bad.
    Find the verb of the sentence.
    Replace the verb with a form of to be (is, are, am, was, were)
    If the sentence makes sense, you have a linking verb; if it doesn’t, you have an action verb.
    Sally feels the rough edges of the table.
    Linking
    is
    is
    Action
  • 10. Helping Verbs
    Helping verbs include am, are, is, was, were, be, have, has, had, do, does, did, may, might, must, can, could, shall, should, will, would. A helping verb is used with another verb form, the main verb, to form a phrase that acts as the verb of the sentence. If you have a helping verb, you must have an action verb with it.
    Moira was helping her brother change the tire.
    Cho had studied all night.
    You must register before the end of the month.
  • 11. Compound Verbs
    Sometimes a sentence has more than one verb. A verb with more than one part is called a compound verb.
    Alfred Hitchcock frightened and thrilled moviegoers.
    The children sat and waited for their parents to get them.
    I can use your help and would be grateful for it.
     
  • 12. Activity 5: subjects andVerbs in sentences
    When you are finished with the activity press any button on your i>Clicker!
  • 13. Activity 5: Identify Subjects and Verbs in Sentences
    In each of the following sentences, box the subject(s), underline the verb(s) and identify what kinds of verbs they are above.
    A=Action Verb
    L=Linking Verb
    H=Helping Verb
    My friend and I sing every week at a retirement home.
    Currently, we are the only visitors who sing.
    We have enjoyed the visits immensely.
    A doctor arranged our visits last year.
    We accepted her offer immediately.
    A
    L
    H
    A
    A
    A
  • 14. Activity 5: Identify Subjects and Verbs in Sentences
    In each of the following sentences, box the subject(s), underline the verb(s) and identify what kinds of verbs they are above.
    A=Action Verb
    L=Linking Verb
    H=Helping Verb
    The residents and employees enjoy our weekly visits.
    The residents have asked us to come more often.
    A new piano arrived last month.
    It has improved our performance.
    The audience requests different songs for every concert.
    A
    A
    H
    A
    H
    A
    A
  • 15. Verb Pretenders
  • 16. Verb Pretenders
    Verb pretenders look like verbs but do not act as verbs in sentences. The most common verb pretenders are verb + -ing and to + verb combinations.
    cookingto cook
    working to work
    studying to study
  • 17. Verb + -ing
    When an –ing verb appears in a sentence without a helping verb, it does not act as the verb of the sentence. Instead, it modifies, or describes, other words in the sentence.
    I took a picture of the man swimming in the fountain.
    (Swimming describes the man.) 
  • 18. Verb + -ing
    When an –ing verb appears in a sentence without a helping verb, it does not act as the verb of the sentence. Instead, it modifies, or describes, other words in the sentence.
    Working hard, we completed the job in a day.
    (Working describes the subject of the sentence, we.)
  • 19. Verb + -ing
    When an –ing verb appears in a sentence without a helping verb, it does not act as the verb of the sentence. Instead, it modifies, or describes, other words in the sentence.
    The barking dogs kept me awake at night.
    (Barking describes the dogs.)
  • 20. Activity 6: Identify –ingVerbs
    Decide if the word ending in –ingis part of the verb or if it is a modifier. You will have twenty seconds to enter your answer for each sentence.
  • 21. 1. Claudia is driving across the United States.
    Part of the verb
    Modifier
  • 22. 2. Joanne sent her father a singing telegram for his birthday.
    Part of the verb
    Modifier
  • 23. 3. That diving board is too slippery.
    Part of the verb
    Modifier
  • 24. 4. I was diving into the waves when I scraped my knee.
    Part of the verb
    Modifier
  • 25. 5. The biscuit recipe requires a tablespoon of baking powder.
    Part of the verb
    Modifier
  • 26. 6. Stamping on the accelerator, William made his tires screech.
    Part of the verb
    Modifier
  • 27. 7. Susan is leaving on vacation the day after tomorrow.
    Part of the verb
    Modifier
  • 28. 8. Brent went to the mall for a new pair of running shoes.
    Part of the verb
    Modifier
  • 29. 9. Because of her back problems, Kata felt better sleeping on the floor.
    Part of the verb
    Modifier
  • 30. 10. Jumping up and down, the children showed their excitement.
    Part of the verb
    Modifier
  • 31. To + Verb
    The to + verb combination also looks like a verb but does not act as a verb in a sentence; instead, it acts as either a noun or a modifier (describer) that describes something.
    I can’t wait to open my gifts.
    (Because to comes in front of open, open does not act as a verb. Instead, to open modifies wait.)
    I always open my gifts before my birthday.
    (Here open acts as a verb).
  • 32. To + Verb
    The to + verb combination also looks like a verb but does not act as a verb in a sentence; instead, it acts as either a noun or a modifier (describer) that describes something.
    Susan has a plan to buy apples.
    (Because to comes in front of buy, buy does not act as a verb. Instead, to buy modifies plan.)
    Susan buys apples from the farm.
    (Here buys acts as a verb.)
  • 33. To + Verb
    The to + verb combination also looks like a verb but does not act as a verb in a sentence; instead, it acts as either a noun or a modifier (describer) that describes something.
    My goal is to study medicine.
    (Because to comes in front of study, study does not act as a verb. Instead, to study acts as a noun.)
    Many Americans study medicine overseas.
    (Here study acts as a verb.)
  • 34. HOW TO FIND THE VERB IN A SENTENCE
    Locate the word or words that express the action or link the subject to the rest of the sentence.
    Check that the word is not a verb pretender.
    When a verb + -ing combination appears in a sentence without a helping verb, it’s a verb pretender.
    When a to + verb combination appears, it’s a verb pretender.
  • 35. Activity 7: Find Subjects and Verbs
    In each of the following sentences, box the subject(s), underline the verb(s) and identify what kinds of verbs they are above. Do not confuse verbs and verb pretenders.
    A=Action Verb
    L=Linking Verb
    H=Helping Verb
    Kim agreed to have the meeting at her house.
    While taping the playoffs, Hugo watched a documentary.
    Stepping carefully, Nizar tried to avoid the wet paint.
    The hikers reached their campground by sunset.
    Mosquitoes were annoying the sunbathers.
    A
    A
    A
    A
    A
    H
  • 36. Activity 7: Find Subjects and Verbs
    In each of the following sentences, box the subject(s), underline the verb(s) and identify what kinds of verbs they are above. Do not confuse verbs and verb pretenders.
    A=Action Verb
    L=Linking Verb
    H=Helping Verb
    Adam washed his hands before kneading the bread dough.
    The people on the street hoped to glimpse the famous actress.
    Opening the newspaper, Maya began to read the classified ads.
    After work, Tim and Linda lack the energy to cook dinner.
    Slipping the diamond ring on Leticia’s finger, Nahum asked her to marry him.
    A
    A
    A
    A
    A
  • 37. Vegas Grammar Review Game
    I will place you in groups
    Each group will receive $200 in grammar money
    You wager on each sentence before you see it
    Always a $10 minimum
    $50 maximum through sentence 5
    $100 maximum through sentence 10
    $200 maximum through sentence 15
    No maximum wager through sentence 20
    After I reveal the sentence, you have twenty seconds to choose the correct subject with the i>Clicker.
    If you have the answer correct, you win your wager. If you answer incorrectly, I take your money.
    The group with the most money after sentence 20 wins three extra credit points.
  • 38. Example
  • 39. Bob from accounting told me a secret.
    Bob
    Accounting
    Me
    Secret
    Both A and B
  • 40. 1. During his biology lab, Tommy danced on the table.
    Biology
    Lab
    Tommy
    Table
    Both A and C
  • 41. 2. Joe, Molly, and John went to the horse races.
    Joe
    Molly
    John
    Horse races
    A, B, and C
  • 42. 3. Each of us planned the surprise party.
    Each
    Us
    Surprise
    Party
    A and B
  • 43. 4. Australia is a large country.
    Australia
    Is
    Large
    Country
    Both C and D
  • 44. 5. Most people in Australia speak English.
    Most
    People
    Australia
    English
    Both A and B
  • 45. 6. The veteran of four spaceflights left NASA in 1993.
    Veteran
    Four
    Spaceflights
    NASA
    Both B and C
  • 46. 7. One of the biographies is about Guy Bluford.
    One
    Biographies
    Guy
    Bluford
    Both C and D
  • 47. 8. Sally and John have taught art at every school in town.
    Sally
    John
    Art
    School
    Both A and B
  • 48. 9. The old bathroom tiles with the fuzzy, green mold need to be replaced.
    Tiles
    Fuzzy
    Green
    Mold
    B, C, and D
  • 49. 10. Natalie hates driving in stormy weather.
    Natalie
    Driving
    Stormy
    Weather
    Both C and D
  • 50. 11. The dishes in the kitchen sink are dirty.
    Dishes
    Kitchen
    Sink
    Dirty
    Both B and C
  • 51. 12. Neither of these boys wants a piece of pineapple pizza.
    Neither
    Boys
    Piece
    Pizza
    Both A and B
  • 52. 13. In 1777, the government of the United States approved the first official flag.
    1777
    Government
    United States
    Flag
    Both B and C
  • 53. 14. The number of stars on the flag equals the number of states.
    Number
    Stars
    Flag
    States
    Both B and C
  • 54. 15. On a rainy August morning in 1983, he made history.
    Morning
    1983
    He
    History
    Both A and B
  • 55. 16. Two of his main qualifications were his experiences as a pilot and an aerospace engineer.
    Two
    Qualifications
    Pilot
    Aerospace engineer
    Both C and D
  • 56. 17. At the beginning of the presentation, the moderator introduced the speaker.
    Beginning
    Presentation
    Moderator
    Speaker
    Both A and B
  • 57. 18. Ron's bathroom is a disaster.
    Ron’s
    Bathroom
    Is
    Disaster
    Both C and D
  • 58. 19. One of my favorite poems from Robert Frost is “The Road Not Taken.”
    One
    Favorite
    Poems
    Robert Frost
    “The Road Not Taken”
  • 59. 20. In the middle of the jungle under a dense web of vines slept the baby gorilla.
    Middle
    Jungle
    Web
    Vines
    Baby gorilla
  • 60. Go over diagnostic essays
  • 61. Diagnostic Essays
    You will receive your essay back
    Stapled behind it is a sheet
    Worksheet
    Item:
    What it is:
    Where I see it:
    How I fix it:
    Make sure you do this for all three letters
  • 62. Homework
    Study for your quiz
    Write a paragraph describing your worst experience at a restaurant (either eating or working)
    Diagnostic essay worksheet (leave stapled to diagnostic essay) (Due Tuesday, September 13)

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