Parts of sentences 2

Knowing the parts of sentences—subject, predicate, verb, direct object, indirect object and subject complement—helps writers construct clearer sentences. See if you can name the parts of the sentence of the words in square brackets below.

But before you try our quiz, here are some examples to get you started:

The advertising executive drove a flashy red [convertible].
In this sentence convertible is the direct object of the verb drove.

Your homemade chili smells [delicious].
In this sentence delicious is the subject complement of the verb smells.

1. Raj looked [exhausted] after having pulled an all-nighter to finish his global history paper on the partition of Ireland in 1921.
2. I opted to bring homemade [scones] to the brunch potluck.
3. The children [hand-picked] flowers from their grandparents’ garden to make a birthday bouquet for their Aunt Esther.
4. Aunt Esther had tears in her eyes when she described the bouquet of flowers the children had given [her].
5. Your party animal [ways] are going to land you on academic probation unless you shape up.
6. After Julie learned how to cast on, her grandmother [taught] her how to do the purl stitch.
7. Like her grandmother, Julie eventually became an adept [knitter] and started a knitting circle to teach her friends how to knit.
8. To prepare for his first stand-up comedy show, Sébastien told his [family and friends] his repertoire of jokes.
9. The comedian’s jokes drew hearty [laughter] from the audience.
10. Her [desire] to become a skilled rock climber was stronger than her fear of heights.