Assessed exercises 3:
A: Identify all (a) verbs (b) adjectives and (c) prepositions in the following text.
Some theatres have incredible scenery right outside the door. Perthshire’s Pitlochry Festival theatre makes the most of its beautiful serene location on the Tummel river bank, with views over the “speckled mountain”. They regularly stage a yuletide performance about elves who save Christmas, which you watch from the comfort of your home.
B: Identify the subject in the following examples, giving a justification for your answer (i.e. showing how you know this by applying the relevant diagnostic):
1) Her second cousin is my boyfriend.
2) The very thought of it makes me sick.
3) The fact that nobody apologised annoyed her.
In the following examples, identify what is co-ordinated and draw a tree just for the co-ordination adding as many labels as you can (while ignoring the rest of the sentence).
Example: They upset me and John.
4) Hilda is either at the bus stop or on the bus.
5) Sasha writes quickly and very expressively.
6) Sam cut up and ate an apple for breakfast.
The following example is ambiguous: give both possible co-ordination structures and explain how they differ in meaning.
7) I like reading books and magazines about gardening.
Draw tree diagrams for the following sentences using as few triangles as you can and adding as many labels as you can.
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