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Can you find alll the verbs & (verb phrases) in this? The two enemies stood glaring at one another for a long silent moment. Each had a rifle in his hand, each had hate in his heart and murder uppermost in his mind. The chance had come to give full play to the passions of a lifetime. But a man who has been brought up under the code of a restraining civilization cannot easily nerve himself to shoot down his neighbor in cold blood and without word spoken, except for an offense against his hearth and honor. And before the moment of hesitation had given way to action a deed of Nature's own violence overwhelmed them both. A fierce shriek of the storm had been answered by a splitting crash over their heads, and ere they could leap aside a mass of falling beech tree hand thundered down on them.
yes, I can but do your homework yourself. Do you have a clear concept of verbs?
Not exactly... I haven't done this in a while.
We can help you with this; however, we cannot simply give you the answers. Verbs are words that indicate action. The key to finding the verb in a sentence is finding the subject. It is always good to eliminate the prepositional phrases when looking for verbs. For example: In the summer of 2011, we drove to Miami. The phrases "in the summer" and "of 2011" and "to Miami" are prepositional phrases; they can be ommitted to leave: We drove. We is the subject, drove is the verb.
What is confusing about verbs to you?
Verb phrases usually indicate a phrase that consists of multiple verbs or a main verb and a linking verb etc.
So let's break it down: 1st sentence is: The two enemies stood glaring at one another for a long silent moment. Step 1: Can you identify the subject? Step 2: Can you omit extraneous words such as adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases? Step 3: Can you identify the verb(s)?
enemies, long, silent, ... verb would be glaring.
See? you've got it! :) I think that stood is also a verb in this case... Because the subject of enemies is performing 2 actions: Standing AND Glaring. But you have it! :)
Anything else for this paragraph? Whenever you have to look for verbs, look for the subject and try to cancel out words that do not need to be there. Also, if you notice adverbs, look for the word they describe because adverbs describe verbs. :)
Nope, I believe I have the hang of it.
Awesome! Keep it up and good luck! :)
Just to clarify: isaidrawr, when you say "verb phrases," do you mean that you are looking to identify the complete predicate phrase in a sentence? Or do you mean that you are looking to identify participial phrases? Participial phrases are verbal phrases -- not verb phrases. They begin with words that look like verbs, but these words and their phrases are functioning as adjectives and adverbs. What wombat says is good advice: look for the core sentence first. The simple subject, the simple verb. In this sentence, for example -- The two enemies stood glaring at one another for a long silent moment. The core sentence is -- enemies stood The simple subject is "enemies." It tells who or what the sentence is about. The simple verb (or predicate) is "stood." It tells what those enemies were doing (in the case of active voice), or what was being done to them (in the case of passive). Now, to find the FULL subject phrase and the FULL predicate phrase, you divide the sentence in two, right between those two words of the core. Everything to the left is the subject phrase. Everything to the right is the predicate phrase. The FULL subject phrase is -- The two enemies The FULL predicate phrase is -- stood glaring at one another for a long silent moment. The full subject phrase + the full predicate phrase = the entire sentence. Does that make sense? Now, are you able to identify prepositional phrases? These are phrases that begin with words like "to" or "at" or "with." Wombat pointed these out to you in a couple of sample sentences. The phrase begins with the preposition and ends with some sort of noun. In this sentence, there are two prepositional phrases. Can you figure out what they are? These two prepositional phrases are governed, though, by the word "glaring." (So that's a big hint with respect to where they are.) The word "glaring" looks like a verb, but it is not functioning as a verb. We have a main verb for the sentence: stood. This verb is conjugated -- that is, it is in a form that tells us person (insofar as English indicates person) and time. The word "glaring" is not conjugated. If I said "I glaring" or "you glaring," would that be a sentence? No. These verb forms are not fully verb. To act as verbs, you would need to add something: I am glaring, you are glaring. The word "glaring" on its own -- with the form of a verb, but not the function of a verb -- is called a "participle." In this case, it is the present participle. In this sentence, the word "glaring" is modifying the word "stood." By "modifying," I mean it is telling us something about the word "stood." It is telling us the manner in which these two enemies stood, so it is functioning as an adverb. That's a whole lot of information, probably too much, but just take what you can from it and leave the rest as reference to refer to later. This is a rather complex passage you have been given to identify verbs and verb phrases, if you are uncertain how to locate the verb in a sentence. But you can do it. Start with the core sentence. If this is a compound sentence, there will be two core sentences. A compound sentence is two independent clauses (at a minimum), joined by one of these words: and, but, or, nor, for, yet, so. For each core sentence, draw the dividing line. Everything to the left of that line is the subject phrase. Everything to the right is the predicate (verb) phrase. Perhaps you would like to parse the next sentence and to post your results here?
Redwood_Girl is probably one of the most knowledgeable people on this category of thread XD Her advice is flawless. If you follow her directions, you will have no trouble at all finding those verbs.
Thanks i see that! :) * high five *
:") Gee, thanks! Let us know if you have any problems with the subsequent sentences. These are rather flowery for a basic exercise.