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The Sentence and Its Parts

complete subject

group of words telling who the subject is about

complete predicate

verb plus all the words that tell what the subject is or does

simple subject

main word in the complete subject telling who or what the sentence is about

simple predicate

main word or words in the complete predicate

verb

word used to express action, condition, or state of being

linking verb

word used to connect a word in the predicate to the subject

action verb

tells what the subject does mentally or physically

verb phrase

main verb plus one or more helping verbs

main verb

can stand by itself as a simple predicate

helping verb

helps main verb show action or time

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