What is a subject?A subject is what the sentence is about: She walked home. The boat was huge! My brother poured syrup on my new shoes.In each sentence above, the subject in blue is what the sentence is about.
What is a verb?A verb is an action. The verb in a sentence tells you what the subject does. James rushed to the store. My car exploded. The Lakers signed Steve Nash.In each sentence above, the verb in red tells us what the subject did.
So what?Subjects and verbs are the basic building blocks of sentences. Each sentence needs at least one subject and one verb in order to be complete. Here is a good definition for a sentence: “A sentence is a subject in action.” Any time you’re writing a sentence, you need to be able to answer this question: What is the subject doing?
Now, try creating a few simple sentences yourself.Write down three simple sentences that contain a subject and a verb.
A few quick things to remember:A subject is usually a noun (a person, place, thing, or idea).A verb is often an action you can visualize, like running, jumping, or exploding.However, sometimes the action in a sentence is in the form of a helping or linking verb.
Helping and linking verbs.A helping or linking verb is an action that is sometimes hard to visualize or explain. For example, “She is tall,” where the linking verb “is” is the verb.