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sandyyy2012 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted November 25, 2012 at 5:03 PM via web

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How can I complete the sentences with these words by understanding their function in the sentence?

" article, genius, pocket, police, proof, friendship, gave up, guessed, pushed, time off"

- I read a great _______ in my magazine.

- I have not got any _______ that he stole my pencil.

- theres a(n) ________ on the front of my shirt.

- somebody broke a window at school and the teacher called the ______.

-you are very cleaver but you are not a(n)_______.

- my ________ with john has lasted for seven years.

- I ________ some of the answers in the test.

- I studied for six days and then I took some ________.

- I _______ physics when I was sixteen because I hated it.

- that awful boy _______ me in the playground.

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maddykingsley | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted November 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM (Answer #1)

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- I read a great ARTICLE in my magazine.

- I have not got any PROOF that he stole my pencil.

- There's a POCKET on the front of my shirt.

- Somebody broke a window at school and the teacher called the       POLICE.

- You are very clever but you are not a GENIUS.

- My FRIENDSHIP with John has lasted for seven years. 

- I GUESSED some of the answers in the test.

- I studied for six days and then I took some TIME OFF.

- I GAVE UP physics when I was sixteen because I hated it.

- That awful boy PUSHED me in the playground.

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted November 26, 2012 at 12:20 AM (Answer #2)

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The above questions are all correct, but take a second to look at why they are correct. In each sentence it is important to understand the part of speech of not only the words in the bank but also the words around the blank in the sentences.

The seven sentences all deal with nouns.  Nouns are people, places, things, or ideas.  Remember that nouns can usually be seen, touched, smelled, or heard.

  • I read a great articlein my magazine.

An article is a short story or essay in the magazine; thus it is a noun because it is a thing.

  • I have not got anyproofthat he stole my pencil.

Here proof is again a noun, but it's a tricky noun since you cannot see, touch, or smell it. However, if you think of proof as evidence you can picture it as an object in your mind, and an object is a noun.

  • There's a pocket on the front of my shirt.

Again it's a thing, the pointed to object on the front of the speaker's shirt.

  • Somebody broke a window at school and the teacher called the police.

Police is a compound noun combining the group of people who serve the community as police officers.  A group of people- a noun.

  • You are very clever but you are not agenius.

A genius is a person, so it is a noun. A way to remember this is when you see an article (a, an, or the) before a word it is most likely a noun: a teacher, the dog, an apple).

  • Myfriendshipwith John has lasted for seven years.

As an idea, friendship is also a tricky noun, but since it is still a thing (like freedom or justice) it's still a noun.

  • I studied for six days and then I took sometime off.

This completes the sentence by telling the reader what object was taken.  You can double check yourself by placing another noun in the sentence. 

The remaining three sentences are all verbs.  Verbs are the action in our sentences- our what it is our nouns are doing. You can check the verbs for yourself by asking who is the speaker and what did they do.

  • Iguessedsome of the answers in the test.

The action of the speaker is the action of guessing the answers.

  • Igave upphysics when I was sixteen because I hated it.

What did "I" do? I gave up.

  • That awful boy pushedme in the playground.

What did the mean boy do? He pushed me.

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