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Distinguishing Between Objects of Prepositions and Subjects 31 Exercise 3B Underline the subject of each sentence once and the verb twice. Some sentences may have more than one subject, more than one verb, or both. Remember to cross out prepositional phrases first. 1. One of the most important inventions of all time is the computer. 2. The story of modern computers begins during the 1930s and spans many decades and countries. 3. In 1937, John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry designed the first electronic digital computer.
The singular verb costs agrees with the singular subject hamburger. The prepositional phrase with French fries has no effect on the verb. Which is the correct verb in the following sentence? Recognizing Singular and Plural Subjects and Verbs 49 The woman with her ten cats (was, were) evicted for breaking the clause in her lease that prohibited the keeping of pets. In addition, do not mistakenly make your verb agree with a noun or pronoun in a prepositional phrase. ) The problems of this school district trouble the school board greatly.
Consider the differences in meaning in the following sentences, in which the helping verbs have been italicized. I may marry you soon. I must marry you soon. I should marry you soon. I can marry you soon. 33 34 Chapter 4 As you can see, changing the helping verb changes the meaning of the entire sentence. These differences in meaning could not be expressed simply by using the main verb, marry, alone. 2. Helping verbs also show tense—the time at which the action of the verb takes place. Notice how changing the helping verb in the following sentences helps change the tense of the main verb visit.