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Identifying Sentence Components - an exercise

If you can rapidly identify sentence structure and parts, you will increase your ability to revise.

In this exercise, copy the passage from "What drives the 10-year cycle of snowshoe hares?" to a word processor. Print it at double-line spacing so you have space for notations. Then, locate the sentence parts as indicated below and check for my correct answers. Find information on verbs, direct objects, etc., in the Index.

Locate all subjects and verbs - check here for the correct answers (subjects are circled and connected to their verbs with a line and arrow).

Locate all direct objects - check here for the correct answers.

Locate all prepositions and prepositional phrases - check here for the correct answers.

Locate all dependent clauses (and past participles acting as adjectives) - check here for the correct answers.

Locate all infinitives - check here for the correct answers.

Locate all present participles acting as adjectives - check here for the correct answers.

Locate all gerunds - check here for the correct answers.

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