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I’m a parent of a 7th grader. We are stuck on some sentences. We need to find unusual subject(s), verb(s) and the prepositional phrases of each sentence. We had 40 questions and just cannot figure these ones out. I want to teach my son the correct way. Any educated help would be really great!

1. Has anyone seen my black and white tennis shoes?
Subject:anyone?
Verb:has seen
PP:?
2. Always try your hardest each and every day.
Subject:?
Verb:try?
PP:?

3. There are two letters for you on the kitchen counter.
Subject:letters
Verb:are
PP: for you on the kitchen counter or on the kitchen counter?

4. Does that offer still stand?
Subject:offer
Verb: does stand
PP: that?

5.Where are the holiday decorations?
Subject:decorations
Verb:are
PP:where?

6.There is never a good time for a toothache to begin.
Subject:?
Verb:?
PP:?

7. Listen carefully to this next song on my new CD.
Subject:?
Verb:listen?
PP:?

8. Try one of these peanut butter M&M cookies!
Subject:cookies?
Verb:try?
PP:?

9. Help yourself to some peaches.
Subject:yourself?
Verb: help?
PP: to some peaches?

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  1. The subject is sometimes called the naming part of a sentence or clause. The subject usually appears before the predicate to show (a) what the sentence is about, or (b) who or what performs the action. As shown below, the subject is commonly a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase.

    Verbs are words that show an action (sing), occurrence (develop), or state of being (exist). Almost every sentence requires a verb. The basic form of a verb is known as its infinitive. The forms call, love, break, and go are all infinitives.

    A prepositional phrase is a group of words consisting of a preposition, its object, and any words that modify the object.

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  2. We do know the definitions and how to find them, however parts of these sentences we just cannot figure out. Thanks!

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  3. Can anyone please help? Ms. Sue?

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  4. If there are no prepositions, then there can be no PP's!
    #1. ok -- no PP
    #2. subject: an implied you -- no PP
    #3. ok -- two PPs as cited
    #4. no PP
    #5. no PP
    #6. There is never a good time for a toothache to begin
    subject: time
    verb: is
    PP: for a toothache
    (to begin) is not a PP -- it is an infinitive phrase
    #7. subject: you
    Two PPs
    #8: subject you (im
    #9. subject: implied "you"
    "yourself" is the direct object

    If I omitted mention of some of your choices, they are correct.

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  5. Thank you so much oobleck! You have been a great help! I have been staring at these last 9 sentences for awhile now wondering why I couldn’t figure them out. I guess my son and I were mostly struggling with these sentences because we were figuring there had to be a PP for each sentence with the instructions his teacher gave. Again, I really appreciate it as I don’t like to help my kids and tell them how to do things incorrectly.

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