Sentence Construction

The general construction for English sentences is: subject --> verb --> object
The verb and object make up the predicate of the sentence.
The subject tells us who or what the sentence is about while the predicate tells us what the subject is or does.

Exercise 1: Add a subject to each of the predicates below.

1. …………………………………..went to the beach.

2. …………………………………..was hot.

3. ………………………………….caught a train to the city.

4. …………………………………wrote a letter to her mother.

5. ………………………………….scratched the boy on the leg.

6. ………………………………….was faulty.

7. ………………………………… sang out of tune.

8. …………………………………. is the best brand of car.

9. …………………………………. grew in the garden.

10. …………………………………. has over 50 rooms.

Exercise 2: Add a predicate to each of the subjects below.

1. The statue in the park ……………………………………………….

2. The lady next door ………………………………………………….

3. The blue car …………………………………………………………

4. The large black dog …………………………………………………

5. A large gum tree …………………………………………………….

6. Money ………………………………………………………………

7. The train driver ……………………………………………………..

8. The man in the blue suit ……………………………………………

9. The shopping mall ………………………………………………….

10. Elizabeth ……………………………………………………………

Sentence Construction 2

The general construction for English sentences is: subject --> verb --> object
The verb and object make up the predicate of the sentence.
The subject tells us who or what the sentence is about while the predicate tells us what the subject is or does.

Exercise 1: Add a subject to each of the predicates below.

1. …………………………………..went to the movies.

2. …………………………………..was windy.

3. ………………………………….caught a bus to the beach.

4. …………………………………wrote a letter to her sister.

5. ………………………………….scratched the girl on the arm.

6. ………………………………….fell over.

7. ………………………………… sang “Happy Birthday”.

8. …………………………………. is the cheapest brand of car.

9. …………………………………. grew in the forest.

10. …………………………………. has luxurious rooms.

Exercise 2: Add a predicate to each of the subjects below.

1. A small red car ……………………………………………….

2. The boy in the photo ………………………………………………….

3. A large truck …………………………………………………………

4. A small black cat …………………………………………………

5. A small bush …………………………………………………….

6. Too much money ………………………………………………………………

7. The bus driver ……………………………………………………..

8. The lady in the pink dress ……………………………………………

9. The shop ………………………………………………….

10. Bob ……………………………………………………………

Sentence Construction 3

The general construction for English sentences is: subject --> verb --> object
The verb and object make up the predicate of the sentence.
The subject tells us who or what the sentence is about while the predicate tells us what the subject is or does.

Exercise 1: Add a subject to each of the predicates below.

1. …………………………………..watched a movie together.

2. …………………………………..sat in the park.

3. ………………………………….raced along the beach.

4. …………………………………were in the photo together.

5. ………………………………….grew 30cm in a year.

6. ………………………………….cost a fortune.

7. ………………………………… spoke for a long time.

8. …………………………………. made him feel angry.

9. …………………………………. were lost in the forest.

10. …………………………………. caught a ferry to Manly.

Exercise 2: Add a predicate to each of the subjects below.

1. The seat in the park ……………………………………………….

2. The boy in the red tracksuit ………………………………………………….

3. The train to the City …………………………………………………………

4. A pretty red flower …………………………………………………

5. A large block of home units ………………………………………………….

6. The politician ………………………………………………………………

7. The taxi driver ……………………………………………………..

8. David and Maureen ……………………………………………

9. The new computer ………………………………………………….

10. The poor man in the park ……………………………………………………

Sentence Construction 4

The general construction for English sentences is: subject --> verb --> object
The verb and object make up the predicate of the sentence.
The subject tells us who or what the sentence is about while the predicate tells us what the subject is or does.
Exercise 1: Add a subject to each of the predicates below.

1. …………………………………..leaked all over the floor.

2. …………………………………..spent the day at the beach.

3. ………………………………….sang “Waltzing Matilda”.

4. …………………………………barked at the postman.

5. ………………………………….played on the swings in the park.

6. ………………………………….is very uncomfortable.

7. ………………………………… bought a tray of mangoes.

8. …………………………………. is stained with beetroot.

9. …………………………………. put the book on the table.

10. …………………………………. was very cheap.

Exercise 2: Add a predicate to each of the subjects below.

1. The red tractor ……………………………………………….

2. The white cockatoo ………………………………………………….

3. The garden in the park …………………………………………………………

4. The boy in the yellow tee shirt …………………………………………………

5. My next-door neighbours …………………………………………………….

6. A tourist bus ………………………………………………………………

7. A yellow canary ……………………………………………………..

8. The queen and her family ……………………………………………

9. The girl in the photo………………………………………………….

10. My old computer……………………………………………………………

Sentence Construction 5

The general construction for English sentences is: subject --> verb --> object
The verb and object make up the predicate of the sentence.
The subject tells us who or what the sentence is about while the predicate tells us what the subject is or does.

Exercise 1: Add a subject to each of the predicates below.

1. …………………………………..was very expensive.

2. …………………………………..was left on the lawn.

3. ………………………………….sat in the lounge room.

4. …………………………………drove a tractor.

5. ………………………………….patted the dog.

6. ………………………………….rode a horse.

7. ………………………………… wore a white hat.

8. …………………………………. won the race.

9. …………………………………. swam a lap of the pool.

10. …………………………………. was stored in the attic.

Exercise 2: Add a predicate to each of the subjects below.

1. My meal of fish and chips ……………………………………………….

2. A packet of biscuits ………………………………………………….

3. A red-back spider …………………………………………………………

4. The opera singer …………………………………………………

5. Bill’s ice-cream van …………………………………………………….

6. My internet connection………………………………………………………

7. The teacher of year 8 ……………………………………………………..

8. The carpenter’s tools .................……………………………………………

9. Joseph’s mathematics book ………………………………………………….

10. The new $50 note……………………………………………………………

Sentence Construction 6

The general construction for English sentences is: subject --> verb --> object
The verb and object make up the predicate of the sentence.
The subject tells us who or what the sentence is about while the predicate tells us what the subject is or does.

Exercise 1: Add a subject of three or more words to each of the predicates below.
1. …………………………………..sat on the new lounge chair.

2. …………………………………..studied math’s at university.

3. ………………………………….walked along the footpath.

4. …………………………………read a novel about pirates.

5. ………………………………….felt a pain in the stomach.

6. ………………………………….bought a new calculator.

7. ………………………………… works in the new department store.

8. …………………………………. thought the bananas were expensive.

9. …………………………………. was resting on the table.

10. …………………………………. ran into the back yard.

Exercise 2: Add a predicate to each of the subjects below.

1. A pretty bird ……………………………………………….

2. The very hot weather ………………………………………………….

3. My kitchen table…………………………………………………………

4. The comfortable leather chair…………………………………………………

5. The show on television …………………………………………………….

6. Your black bag ………………………………………………………

7. A shop in Bankstown ……………………………………………………..

8. The Queensland floods .................……………………………………………

9. The roof of my house ………………………………………………….

10. The fierce dog ……………………………………………………………

Sentence Construction 7

The general construction for English sentences is: subject --> verb --> object
The verb and object make up the predicate of the sentence.
The subject tells us who or what the sentence is about while the predicate tells us what the subject is or does.

Exercise 1: Add a subject of three or more words to each of the predicates below.

1. …………………………………..found a foreign coin in her change.

2. …………………………………..rowed a boat across the lake.

3. ………………………………….wore a black belt with a big buckle.

4. …………………………………wrote about her friends in her diary.

5. ………………………………….carried a black handbag.

6. ………………………………….spoke with a strange accent.

7. ………………………………… ordered another cup of coffee.

8. …………………………………. pushed a stroller along the footpath.

9. …………………………………. said that the chair was uncomfortable.

10. …………………………………. turned 86 on Sunday.

Exercise 2: Add a predicate to each of the subjects below.

1. The lady behind the counter ……………………………………………….

2. The bicycle on the veranda ………………………………………………….

3. Our apricot tree …………………………………………………………

4. The cake in the shop window …………………………………………………

5. The gold statue …………………………………………………….

6. Mrs Smith’s house ………………………………………………………

7. Jessica’s phone number ……………………………………………………..

8. The full garbage bin .................……………………………………………

9. The rose bush in front of the house………………………………………………

10. My paternal grandmother …………………………………………………….......

Sentence Construction 8

The general construction for English sentences is: subject --> verb --> object
The verb and object make up the predicate of the sentence.
The subject tells us who or what the sentence is about while the predicate tells us what the subject is or does.

Exercise 1: Add a subject of three or more words to each of the predicates below.

1. ………………………………….. waited for half an hour.

2. ………………………………….. read the paper at the table.

3. …………………………………. asked for another serviette.

4. …………………………………wrote about her friends in her diary.

5. …………………………………. waited for his mother under the clock.

6. …………………………………. waited for the bank to open.

7. ………………………………… ate lollies in class.

8. …………………………………. went on a trip to Bombala.

9. …………………………………. thought that the deal was dishonest.

10. …………………………………. turns 21 on Friday.

Exercise 2: Add a predicate to each of the subjects below.

1. The Jones family……………………………………………….

2. The athlete’s running shoes ………………………………………………….

3. Anne’s sister-in-law …………………………………………………………

4. The police officer …………………………………………………

5. Our new car …………………………………………………….

6. My son’s football team ………………………………………………………

7. Cindy’s carrying business ……………………………………………………..

8. The empty waste-paper basket ...............…………………………………………

9. The basket of dried flowers………………………………………………

10. My maternal grandfather …………………………………………………….......

Sentence Construction 9

The general construction for English sentences is: subject --> verb --> object
The verb and object make up the predicate of the sentence.
The subject tells us who or what the sentence is about while the predicate tells us what the subject is or does.

Exercise 1: Add a subject of three or more words to each of the predicates below.

1. ………………………………….. watched “The King’s Speech” at the movies.

2. ………………………………….. was entering prices on the computer.

3. …………………………………. is in the hall cupboard.

4. ………………………………… belongs to my brother.

5. …………………………………. is made of wool.

6. …………………………………. looks very attractive.

7. ………………………………… is worth a lot of money.

8. …………………………………. opens seven days a week.

9. …………………………………. has a picture of a rabbit on it.

10. …………………………………. is covered with fruit.

Exercise 2: Add a predicate to each of the subjects below.

1. The baby’s blanket ……………………………………………….

2. The tennis player’s racquet ………………………………………………….

3. Shirley’s father-in-law …………………………………………………………

4. The postman …………………………………………………

5. Your new wardrobe …………………………………………………….

6. My cousin’s horse-riding club ………………………………………………

7. Katrina’s office supply business ………………………………………………

8. The leg of the table ...............…………………………………………

9. The bowl of fruit ………………………………………………

10. My daughter’s piano teacher …………………………………………………

Sentence Construction 10

The general construction for English sentences is: subject --> verb --> object
The verb and object make up the predicate of the sentence.
The subject tells us who or what the sentence is about while the predicate tells us what the subject is or does.

Exercise 1: Add a subject of three or more words to each of the predicates below.

1. ………………………………….. is not in the phone book.

2. ………………………………….. handed him a spanner.

3. ………………………………….. received a lot of junk emails.

4. ………………………………… is surrounded by flies.

5. …………………………………. grew a long beard.

6. …………………………………. fell asleep while reading.

7. ………………………………… was displayed in the shop window.

8. …………………………………. cleared the table after dinner.

9. …………………………………. praised Sharon’s performance in the game.

10. …………………………………. bought a new pair of shoes.

Exercise 2: Add a predicate to each of the subjects below.

1. My son’s new computer ……………………………………………….

2. The valuable racehorse ………………………………………………….

3. The local paper …………………………………………………………

4. The picture on my daughter’s jacket ..…………………………………………

5. The park near the river …………………………………………………….

6. Our vegetable garden ………………………………………………………

7. The wet paint on the seat ……………………………………………………..

8. Kaitlin’s yellow car ...............…………………………………………

9. Baskets of fresh fruit ………………………………………………

10. The kitchen clock …………………………………………………….......

Sentence Construction 11

The general construction for English sentences is: subject --> verb --> object
The verb and object make up the predicate of the sentence.
The subject tells us who or what the sentence is about while the predicate tells us what the subject is or does.

Exercise 1: Add a subject to each of the predicates below.

1. ………………………………….. had a cup of tea.

2. ………………………………….. went for a bushwalk.

3. …………………………………. signed his name.

4. ………………………………… rang loudly.

5. …………………………………. had a loose handle.

6. …………………………………. buttered the bread.

7. ………………………………… answered in Korean.

8. …………………………………. lost his golf clubs.

9. …………………………………. bought a new computer.

10. …………………………………. hammered the nail.

Exercise 2: Add a predicate to each of the subjects below.

1. The cup and saucer ……………………………………………….

2. A cold wind ………………………………………………….

3. A tourist bus …………………………………………………………

4. The monkeys at the zoo …………………………………………………

5. The paintbrush ………………………………………………….

6. A big black bird ………………………………………………………………

7. The lounge room carpet ……………………………………………………..

8. The railway station ……………………………………………

9. May and Kate ………………………………………………….

10. The church organ ……………………………………………………

Sentence Construction 12

The general construction for English sentences is: subject --> verb --> object
The verb and object make up the predicate of the sentence.
The subject tells us who or what the sentence is about while the predicate tells us what the subject is or does.

Exercise 1: Add a subject to each of the predicates below.

1. ………………………………….. drank a glass of milk.

2. …………………………………..was broken.

3. ………………………………….waited for a bus.

4. ………………………………… took a photo.

5. …………………………………. played the piano.

6. …………………………………. was five kilometres away.

7. ………………………………… had a part missing.

8. …………………………………. read the paper.

9. …………………………………. sat near the window.

10. …………………………………. raised her voice.

Exercise 2: Add a predicate to each of the subjects below.

1. The girl at the checkout ……………………………………………….

2. The movie on TV ………………………………………………….

3. A steam train …………………………………………………………

4. The tree outside the shop …………………………………………………

5. His younger sister ………………………………………………….

6. Norma and Bob ………………………………………………………………

7. The teapot ……………………………………………………..

8. The car park ……………………………………………

9. Her mobile phone ………………………………………………….

10. Jim’s sister ……………………………………………………

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