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Subject-Verb Identification Subject=Actor in a sentence Verb=Action of the sentence (the action that the Actor is performing) There may be other actions and other nouns (people, places, or things), but for the subject and verb we are only interested in looking at what the actor and the action of that sentence are. VERBS (usually easier to locate so look for them first) Action words John laughed at the joke. Mary ran to the store. The school opened at seven. All forms of to be (am, is, are, was, were, and been) John is a joke Mary was at the store. The schools were good. Also, linking verbs (substitutes for be like seem, feel, become, and appear) John seems sad. Mary becomes angry. The bus appeared from nowhere. TENSE Verbs change their form to show us past present and future. Past: John seemed sad. Present: John seems sad. Future: John will seem sad. (Note: Will is a helping verb--see helping verbs) Words commonly mistaken for verbs: Infinitives are verbs that are preceded by the word to and will never be the actual action of the sentence. I want to read the book. (The sentence describes the fact that I want, not that I am reading)
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John plans to enroll in college. (The sentence is about how John has plans, not that he is enrolling). Adverbs are words that describe the verb of the sentence but are not the actual verb.
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