Saturday, 18 May 2013

Sentence Formation in English - Subject, Predicate - Phrase & Clause Tenses



Lesson Number 1 

                Sentence -- Phrase & Clause

Human beings have a tendency to share their feelings, emotions and experiences with others. One needs a suitable medium to convey all this to others. Language is the best suited medium to be used for this. Language differs from place to place & person to person. Language is a broader term. However a sentence is used to convey the message.

Language is the most effective system for communication created by human beings. It records and describes every activity performed by them, establishing  very succinctly the truth of the adage"mind over matter". When we use language we are constantly transforming matter into words through the help  of sounds. 


If gone by dictionary meaning, a sentence is a combination of words arranged in a systematic and meaningful way.

A group of jumbled words without any meaning does not form a sentence.

A sentence basically comprises of three main parts namely Subject, Verb & Object. The latter two collectively form predicate.

Instead of going after nomenclature one should try to understand the basics or facts. It is therefore very essential to learn the formation of a sentence. 


For formation of a sentence we make use of TENSES.


Tenses denote time when a particular work is being accomplished. Tenses are of following types.




Before learning about  Tenses it is necessary to know that 







In a sentence there is a person or a thing named and something about that is described.  Thus a sentence comprises of two  parts i.e name of a person or a thing and description of that.

The word  about  whom or which something is said in the sentence is called Subject  and the remaining part of the sentence which describes all  about the subject is called Predicate.

For Example

Sentence                                        Subject                       Predicate

Girls are singing a song.                  Girls                          are singing a song.
Bill did not learn his lesson.            Bill                            did not learn his lesson.
They will not help us.                     They                           will not help us.
She painted a beautiful picture.       She                            painted a beautiful picture.

Generally Subject is used before Predicate in a sentence but occasionally it comes after Predicate.
For example :     Down went the house like a pack of cards.
In fact this sentence is : The house went down like a pack of cards. But put more emphasis formation of the sentence has been changed. In this sentence, 'the house' is Subject and 'went down like a pack of cards' is Predicate.

In Imperative sentences,  Subject is understood and is omitted in the sentence.  In sentences like

1. Go away at once.
2. Thank you.

Subject has not been used and it is understood or implied. In sentence (1)  Subject is 'you' and in (2) it is 'I'.





Exercise No.1

Identify  Subject and Predicate in the following sentences.

1. Birds are chirping in the trees.
2. Cattle are grazing in the fields.
3. My mother cooks food for me.
4. She carried a beautiful child in her lap.
5. They invited us to dinner last night.



Exercise No.2

Identify  Subject and Predicate in the following sentences.

1. His father is running a factory.
2. She resembles her mother.
3. He did not look after his parents.
4. Elephants eat pieces of sugarcane.
5. Boys are playing cricket.








Exercise No. 3

Match Subject listed in Table A with appropriate Predicate in Table B

Table A                                                                     Table B


1. Cattle                                                         A. rested for sometime after a long journey.

2. Birds                                                          B. were grazing grass in fields.

3. Travellers                                                  C. was painting a beautiful picture.

4. They                                                          D. were chirping in trees.

5. She                                                            E. did not recognise her.








Exercise No. 4

Identify and give  Subject implied in the following Imperative sentences :


1. Distribute sweets among children.

2. Make haste to reach in time.

3. Follow the instructions strictly.

4. Good bye, friends.

5. Wish you, all success in life.








Exercise No. 5

Supply a suitable Subject to each Predicate in the following sentences :


1. ................. moves around the sun.

2. ............. was begging alms.

3. ................say he is a cheat.

4. ............... was ploughing the field.

5. ...............presided over the meeting.







Exercise No. 6

Supply a suitable Predicate to each subject in the following sentences :


1.  The boys ..........

2. The sun ..............

3. The Principal ..........

4. The judge ............

5. Everybody .............




SENTENCE , PHRASE  &  CLAUSE

A group of words that makes a complete sense or meaning is called a Sentence. It comprises of two parts, Subject and Predicate.

Sugar tastes sweet.                The rose is a lovely flower.

Sugar -- Subject                     tastes sweet. -- Predicate   

 The rose -- Subject               is a lovely flower. --- Predicate




A group of words that makes sense but not a complete sense is called a Phrase.

For example -

The sun rises in the east.

 In this sentence words 'in the east' give some meaning but do not form a complete meaning or sense. So 'in the east' is a phrase.

People from far and wide came to see the fair.

In this sentence words 'from far and wide' give some meaning but do not form a complete meaning or sense. So 'from far and wide' is a phrase.


A group of words which forms a part of larger sentence and contains a Subject and Predicate and forms a meaning or sense is called a clause. For example : 

She wears ornaments which are made of gold.

In this sentence She is subject and wears ornaments is Predicate. But this sentence contains a second group of words 'which are made of gold.' This part contains a Subject 'which'  and  a Predicate 'are made of gold.' 

Such a group of words in a larger sentence which forms a meaning in itself and has its own Subject and Predicate is  called a Clause.




Exercise No.7

Identify  Phrase  in the following sentences.

1. Birds fly in the sky.    

2. She was sitting on a chair.

3. He is a very good singer.

4. He played a funny part.

5. She wears a ring of gold.


Exercise No.8

Identify  Clause  in the following sentences.

1. We met a boy who was hungry.

2. People who are fair in their dealings are always trusted.

3. She believes that he is not a wise man.

4. It started raining when I reached there.

5. Those who work hard are sure to rise.




(ANSWERS)

Exercise No.1

SUBJECT                          PREDICATE

1. Birds                                      are chirping in the trees.
2. Cattle                                     are grazing in the fields.
3. My mother                             cooks food for me.
4. She                                         carried a beautiful child in her lap.
5. They                                       invited us to dinner last night.


Exercise No.2

SUBJECT                            PREDICATE

1. His father                                  is running a factory.
2. She                                            resembles her mother.
3. He                                             did not look after his parents.
4. Elephants                                  eat pieces of sugarcane.
5. Boys                                          are playing cricket.



Exercise No. 3

Table A                      Table B


1. Cattle                           B. were grazing grass in fields.                           

2. Birds                            D. were chirping in trees.                           

3. Travellers                    A. rested for sometime after a long journey.     
                        
4. They                           E. did not recognise her.     
                     
5. She                             C. was painting a beautiful picture.
                                       



Exercise No. 4

1. Distribute sweets among children.         (You)

2. Make haste to reach in time.                  (You)    

3. Follow the instructions strictly.              (You)

4. Good bye, friends.                                  (I )...bid

5. Wish you, all success in life.                  (I)



Exercise No. 5

1. ................. moves around the sun.        (The earth)

2. ............. was begging alms.                   (The beggar)

3. ................say he is a cheat.                    (People)

4. ............... was ploughing the field.         (The farmer)

5. ...............presided over the meeting.      (The chairman)





Exercise No. 6


1.  The boys ..........       were playing cricket.

2. The sun ..............        is stationary.

3. The Principal ..........  fined the student.

4. The judge ............     announced his judgement.

5. Everybody .............    knows him.


Exercise No.7

  Phrase  in the following sentences (Underlined and in italics).

1. Birds fly in the sky.    

2. She was sitting on a chair.

3. He is a very good singer.

4. He played a funny part.

5. She wears a ring of gold.


Exercise No.8

Clause  in the following sentences (Underlined and in italics)

1. We met a boy who was hungry.

2. People who are fair in their dealings are always trusted.

3. She believes that he is not a wise man.

4. It started raining when I reached there.

5. Those who work hard are sure to rise.



































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