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Basic Sentence Parts

 

Subject:

·       Person, place, or thing that the sentence is about

·       Noun that is doing the main action or experiencing the main state of being in the sentence

 

 

Simple subject:  The subject without any of its modifiers (words that describe it/make it more specific)

 

Stewie, a baby with a football—shaped head and a British accent, and Brian, a white dog with a red collar, are the two most intelligent characters on Family Guy.

 

Complete subject:  The subject with all of its modifiers

 

Stewie, a baby with a football—shaped head and a British accent, and Brian, a white dog with a red collar, are the two most intelligent characters on Family Guy.

 

Compound subject:  A subject comprised of two nouns

 

Stewie, a baby with a football—shaped head and a British accent, and Brian, a white dog with a red collar, are the two most intelligent characters on Family Guy.

 


Predicate:  Verb in the sentence, along with all of its modifiers 

·       What the subject of the sentence is doing or being

 

 

Simple predicate:  The main verb along with any helping verbs

 

Stewie does not have any reason to speak with a British accent.

 

Complete predicate:  The main verb along with any modifiers, objects, etc.  (essentially, everything but the complete subject)

 

Stewie does not have any reason to speak with a British accent.

 

Compound predicate:  Two or more predicates that have the same subject and are joined by a coordinating conjunction

 

Stewie does not have any reason to speak with a British accent but sounds more superior with it.

 


Object: 

·       Direct object:  Noun that receives the action of the verb

·       Indirect object:  Noun that names a person or thing to whom or which something is done

 

Brian gave a bouquet of flowers to “the Bachelorette.”