Sunday, January 18, 2009

Lesson 35: Inverted Word Order

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Inverted Order:


  • Example 1: On the table were four basketball trophies.

Rearranging to S-V order (Subject-Verb order):

  • The four basketball trophies were on the table.
(We used were because when we rearranged this sentence in the subject-verb order, we determined that the subject was the four basketball trophies and not the table ).

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  • Example 2: Hanging from the ceiling was a colorful lantern.

Rearranging to S-V order:

  • The colorful lantern was hanging from the ceiling.
(We used was because when we rearranged this sentence in the subject-verb order, we determined that the subject was the colorful lantern and not the ceiling ).


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Question:

  • Example 1: Why have the dates for the bidding been changed?

Rearranging to S-V order:

  • The dates for the bidding have been changed.
(We used have because when we rearranged this sentence in the subject-verb order, we determined that the subject was the dates and not the bidding ).


  • Example 2: Was Justin loved by his girlfriends?

Rearranging to S-V order:

  • Justin was loved by his girlfriends.
(We used was because when we rearranged this sentence in the subject-verb order, we determined that the subject was Justin and not his girlfriends.)


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Sentences beginning with Here and There:

  • Example 1: There are many secrets in Justin's past.

Rearranging to S-V order:

  • Many secrets are in Justin's past.
(We used are because when we rearranged this sentence in the subject-verb order, we determined that the subject was the many secrets and not Justin's past ).


  • Example 2: Here are the necessary items.

Rearranging to S-V order:

  • The necessary items are here.
(We used are because when we rearranged this sentence in the subject-verb order, we determined that the subject was the necessary items).



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Exercise:


Choose the appropriate verb on the following sentences:


1.) There (is, are) a typing error on every page.

2.) Why (has, have) the office closed early?

3.) (Do, does) your mother or your father usually cook breakfast?

4.) There (was, were) enough biscuits for the whole class.

5.) (Is, Are) those fruits fresh?



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~end of lesson~

1 comment:

  1. I would like help diagramming this sentence.
    (There are many different ways you can serve ice cream.)

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