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Sentence Structure: Grammar Review Practice Exercises

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

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Practice Exercises

Practice Exercise: Subject and Predicate

Underline the simple subject once and underline the predicate twice in the following sentences. Then, check your answers at the end of the exercises.

  1. Rosemary was glad to see her best friend, Joanne.
  2. Here is your new pencil case that I bought this afternoon.
  3. Molly, please bring this note to the office.
  4. Is there any ice cream in the freezer?
  5. His favorite place to relax was in the hammock.
  6. My bicycle is in the garage.
  7. Potato chips taste great with or without dip.
  8. Jerry, my uncle, is taller than Jerome.
  9. Does Elisabeth get her driver's permit next month?
  10. I should have bought that video game when I had the chance.

Practice Exercise: Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences

Can you identify the simple, compound, and complex sentences? For extra practice, underline the subject once and underline the predicate twice. Then, check your answers at the end of the exercises.

11.  Yesterday, Brittany arrived at school late.

a.  simple

b. compound

c.. complex

 

12. Somehow, her alarm clock time was mysteriously reset to one hour behind.

a. simple

b. compound

c. complex  

 

13. Brittany suspects her brother Luke.

a. simple

b. compound

c. complex  

 

14. His trick wasn't very nice of him, but she felt that she kind of deserved it.

a. simple

b. compound

c. complex  

 

15. Yesterday afternoon, she and her friends were being loud and rather obnoxious.

a. simple

b. compound

c. complex  

 

16. Luke was studying for his midterm exams for two of his hardest classes, chemistry and geometry, and he was writing a term paper for his French class.

a. simple

b. compound

c. complex  

 

17. After he asked Brittany to quiet down three times, he finally gave up and went to the library to study.

a. simple

b. compound

c. complex  

 

18. Brittany just ignored Luke, acting as though he wasn't even there.

a. simple

b. compound

c. complex  

 

19. Brittany should have suggested they go somewhere else to hang out, but unfortunately, she didn't do that.

a. simple

b. compound

c.  complex

 

20. Now she must stay after school to get the classwork and notes she missed.

a. simple

b. compound

c. complex

Practice Exercises: Restructure the Sentence

Rewrite each sentence to make corrections. Then, check your answers at the end of the exercises.

  1. This is an interesting movie I think I'll watch it again.
  2. What's your name where do you live?
  3. The gray squirrel hopped along the top of the fence, down the post.
  4. My brother would not open the door when I knocked it made me angry so I left.
  5. Halfway to our destination two of our tires went flat we had to get towed.

Answers

Reminder: (1) Every sentence must have a subject and a verb, called a predicate. The subject of a sentence is who or what the sentence is about; (2) the predicate, or verb, moves the sentence along and tells you what the subject is doing or what condition the subject is in.

  1. Rosemary glad to see her best friend, Joanne.
  2. Here your new pencil case that I bought this afternoon.
  3. Molly, (you) please this note to the office.
  4. there any ice cream in the freezer?
  5. His favorite place to relax in the hammock.
  6. My bicycle in the garage.
  7. Potato chips great with or without dip.
  8. Jerry, my uncle, taller than Jerome.
  9. Does Elisabeth her driver's permit next month?
  10. I that video game when I had the chance.

Reminder: (1) A simple sentence must have a simple subject (one word) and a simple predicate (one word); (2) a compound sentence is two complete sentences joined together with a conjunction; (3) a complex sentence is made up of at least one independent clause and one subordinate (dependent) clause.

  1. Yesterday, Brittany at school late.
  2. (a) simple

  3. Somehow, her alarm clock time mysteriously to one hour behind.
  4. (a) simple

  5. Brittany her brother Luke.
  6. (a) simple

  7. His trick very nice of him, but she that she kind of deserved it.
  8. (d) compound

  9. Yesterday afternoon, she and her friends being loud and rather obnoxious.
  10. (c) simple

  11. Luke for his midterm exams for two of his hardest classes, chemistry and geometry, and he a term paper for his French class.
  12. (a) compound

  13. After he Brittany to quiet down three times, he finally and went to the library to study.
  14. (c) complex

  15. Brittany just Luke, and she as though he wasn't even there.
  16. (c) compound

  17. Brittany they go somewhere else to hang out, but unfortunately, she do that.
  18. (b) compound

  19. Now she after school and the classwork and notes she missed.
  20. (a) simple

    Reminder: (1) One kind of run-on sentence has two or more complete sentences merged together without any punctuation mark; (2) another type of run-on sentence has a comma used in place of end punctuation or a conjunction.

    1. This is an interesting movie; I think I'll watch it again.
    2. This is an interesting movie. I think I'll watch it again.

    3. What's your name? Where do you live?
    4. The gray squirrel hopped along the top of the fence and down the post.
    5. My brother would not open the door when I knocked; it made me angry, so I left.
    6. Halfway to our destination, two of our tires went flat; we had to get towed.
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