Monday, March 17, 2014

What is Man Without the Beasts? (Grammar)

The Verb Phrase  (Predicate)

Read the following sentences taken from the text.
  1. We are a part of the Earth.
  2. You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of our grandfathers.
  • What is the relationship of the above underlined parts with the first part of the sentences?
  • What type of word do you see at the beginning of the underlined part?
  • Which is the most important word in it?
You have learnt earlier that a sentence contains the subject and the predicate. The underlined parts of the sentences given above are predicates. The important word in a  predicate is the verb.

As you can see, each of these predicates has at least one verb (sentences 1 and 2).  In the second sentence ‘must’ is the helping (auxiliary) verb and ‘teach’ is the main verb.

  1. List all the verb phrases  in the following passage. Identify the Main verb.
Look at the river.  It has very little water in it. Once it was flowing well. Now it is dying. Can’t you hear the cries of the dying river? The water in it is polluted. Do you get its stink? You cannot drink it. You cannot give this water even to animals. Animals will not go near it. We must make the river live forever. We must make the river our own companion.

  1. Analyze  the  verb phrases  you have  already  identified  and  list    the Main verb and the Auxiliary verbs in each of them.
e.g:     We    have been        living      here for hundreds of years.
                  (Auxiliaries)   (Main verb)

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