Grammar 7

Possessives

Here is another rule for simplifying sentences:

Possessives should always be clumped together with the word that they describe.

Take, for example, the following "clump" of words:

This phrase consists of three words, but you should think of it as just "one thing." Likewise, all of the following clumps are just "one thing".

Now 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 always the verb).

Subject Verb Object
John's car won the race.
I love your smile.
Our meal tasted delicious.
The teacher graded my essay.

Instructions for the Quiz

Find the total number of elements.

Examples:

1

2

3

Total

The sun

 

 

1

Betsy's baby

cried.

 

2

Harold's dog

ate

our pizza.

3

Quiz