Case Worksheet 2
The verb of a sentence makes some assertion about the subject. Another way of expressing this idea is to say that the subject answers a question made up of who or what and the verb. In the sentence the ship was named after Queen Elizabeth, we find that the subject is ship if we ask the question of who or what was named. In the sentence the heavy snow blocked the road for miles, we find that the subject is the heavy snow if we ask the question who or what blocked the roads. Notice that the word there is never the subject, that sometimes subjects are compound, that sometimes subjects come after verbs.
Underline the subjects of the following sentences.
Example: The truck overturned on a sharp curve outside Eversly.
1. In 1953, the company’s business increased a great deal.
2. The ball traveled only about twenty-five yards to midfield.
3. Since high school, Edith has been going steady with Ed.
4. There were several reasons for Lee’s objections to the plan.
5. Both hockey and lacrosse are widely played in Canada.
6. Either a bus or a taxi is sure to come along soon.
7. Building the church was interrupted by labor disputes.
8. A list of books dealing with career choices is available.
9. Across the river is the little Iowa town of West Glen.
10. The book was a massive volume of over a thousand pages.
11. Painting a car is a very difficult job for an amateur.
12. More than ten people were injured in the rush for the exits.
13. Dimes and nickels are placed in the second slot.
14. There have been many radio appeals to stay out of the area.15. The packet containing the papers was stolen at the office.
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