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How to Find Nouns & Verbs in a Sentence


Sentences are groups of words containing a subject and a predicate. It also may contain an object, which comes after the verb in a sentence. Subjects and objects can be nouns while the predicate is the verb and any words that come after the verb. A sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a period, question or exclamation mark. Sentences also contain clauses. How many clauses are in a sentence determines what kind of sentence it is. A simple sentence only contains one claus, while compound and complex sentences contain two or more clauses. Finding the nouns and verbs in a sentence is easy.

Look for action words. Circle them, and you have identified the verbs. Verbs are words that describe action in the sentence. For example, "Found" is the verb in the sentence, "Tina found my wool sweater."

Find the subject. The subject -- who or what is receiving the action of the verb -- is always a noun. In the sentence, "Tina found my wool sweater," "Tina" is the subject.

Find the object. The object is often a noun, though it can also be a pronoun. In the sentence, "Tina found my wool sweater," "sweater" is a noun.

Remember that a noun is a person, place or a thing.

About the Author

Kris Ramsay started professionally writing in 2003. His publications include articles in "Axis" and "Connections" magazines. He holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the University of Central Florida.