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Simplifying Sentences

Whenever you analyze a sentence, it helps to simplify the sentence first. Start by looking for words or phrases that you "clump" together.

For example:

The phrase "a cat" consists of two words, but you should think of it as just "one thing."

Likewise:

The phrase "my father's truck" consists of three words, but you should think of it as just "one thing."

Here are some rules regarding simplifying sentences:

Consider the following sentences. Each of them has more than three words, yet all of them can be simplified down to three esential elements. (The middle element is the verb).

1 2 3

John's car

won

the race.

I

love

your smile.

Our meal

tasted

delicious.

The teacher

graded

my essay.

 

Instructions for the Quiz

Identify the total number of elements.

1

2

3

Total

The sun

 

 

1

Betsy's baby

cried.

 

2

Harold's dog

ate

our pizza.

3