Tuesday, March 1, 2011

day 54: compound verbs

Sometimes a sentence may have two verbs. This is called a compound verb.

If the subject of the sentence does two different things, it has a
compound verb. Examples:

Joshua wrote and edited.

  1. What did Joshua do?
  2. Two things:
    1. Wrote
    2. Edited

Kayla passed out medicines and took blood pressures.

  1. What did Kayla do?
  2. Two things:
    1. Passed out medicines (passed)
    2. Took blood pressures (took)

Sometimes a sentence can even have three or more verbs.
Verbs can be all throughout a sentence -- in opener, the main part of
the   sentence, and clauses at the end.

For example, in the sentences provided below, notice all of the bold fonted action verbs.

  1. When Cami got to the church, she answered her emails, picked up her mail, and made phone calls but not before she ran into an old friend and chatted for a while.
  2. If the kids wanted to perform the drama, Kara knew that they must learn to listen carefully to instructions rather than playing around during class.

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