Verbs and Verbals Practice Exercises for English Grammar

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Updated on Aug 12, 2011

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Verbs and Verbals for English Grammar

  1. In the following sentences, identify the verbs and their subjects as shown in these examples:
      We dug for many hours and found nothing.
      Efforts in his behalf have proven fruitful
      Both gladiators remained on their feet for more than an hour.
      The paint had been scraped from the building.
  1. Richard boarded the plane a minute before it left the gate.
  2. Despite the attorney's eloquent arguments, the defendant inevitably found himself alone in his cell, unhappy and without hope.
  3. The door closed silently behind her as she left the house.
  4. As the bell in the tower tolled, the people gathered for prayer.
  5. Eileen agreed that a trip to the college campus was worth her time.
  6. The unsold books remained in the shop year after year.
  7. Philosophy was his first love, but knowledge of accountancy earned bread and shelter for him.
  8. Eat your breakfast now, or you will have no lunch money.
  9. Our train never leaves on time.
  10. The children played at their games until they were called home.
  1. In the following sentences, underline the complete predicate as shown in these examples:
      Daniel has written many letters to us.
      Veronique must leave for home.
  1. The lawn mower is no longer sharp enough to cut grass.
  2. City life has not improved her outlook.
  3. Fresh vegetables are hard to find in winter.
  4. I have not yet read the complete trial testimony.
  5. Professional sports has become big business all over the world.
  6. Can you imagine a world without war?
  7. Noisy dogs interrupted my sleep.
  8. Television appears to be the main interest of America's young.
  9. The farmer ran his tractor right into the haystack and ruined a week's work.
  10. Men's hats will one day reappear as a stylish fashion.
  1. In the following sentences, underline the verbs and identify them as transitive or intransitive as shown in these examples:
      Stray dogs often menace young city children. __transitive__
      Television and radio have helped him through lonely hours. __transitive__
      He sat alone all afternoon. __intransitive__
  1. Cigarette smoke inevitably blackened his lungs. _____
  2. The automobile struck the wall head-on and burned. _____                                                                                _____
  3. She smiled weakly at last. _____
  4. Divorce hurts entire families. _____
  5. The crowd indicated its approval. _____
  6. The outgoing governor gave a memorable speech. _____
  7. The stream ran through the valley. _____
  8. Wars go on and on all over the world. _____
  9. Their obstinacy incensed me. _____
  10. The churches of Rome always attract many visitors. _____
  1. In the following sentences, underline copulative verbs and identify their complements as shown in these examples:
      They are culprits.
      A cup of coffee tastes bitter when it stands too long.
  1. That tone sounds correct to me.
  2. Books seemed his only trustworthy companions.
  3. The dictionary became more important to him as he progressed in English.
  4. Some adults act childish when they are busy.
  5. The child's ability to grasp algebra appeared uncanny.
  6. Leonard was the only physician who was available at the time.
  7. She seemed eager to take the job.
  8. Anne's expression grew lively as she played the sonata.
  9. The dog acted sick after the veterinarian checked it over.
  10. Jon was the only middle-aged man in the room.
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