Complete Subjects and Complete Predicates Practice 1 a complete subject

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Complete Subjects and Complete Predicates Practice 1

A complete subject includes the simple subject and any words that modify it.

A complete predicate includes the simple predicate and any words that modify it.

EXERCISE: Draw a vertical line between the complete subject and the complete predicate.

EXAMPLE: The Vikings | were Scandinavian.

DIRECTIONS: Underline the simple subject and the helping, linking, or action verb.

EXAMPLE: The Vikings were Scandinavian.

  1. The seafaring Vikings traveled along the coasts of Europe during the period A.D. 800-1100.

  2. This turbulent period is known as the Viking Age.

  3. Vikings from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark raided many of Europe’s coastal villages.

  4. Viking traders exchanged goods with merchants in Byzantium, Russia, and France.

  5. Rich iron deposits in Scandinavia allowed Vikings to develop advanced tools.

  6. Ornamental spears, swords, and axes were used by Viking warriors.

  7. Viking ships were superior to the rowboats of the time.

  8. The Vikings often buried their wealthy deceased in ships under water.

  9. Some Viking poetry and literature still exist.

  10. Viking sea warrior could be vicious in their attacks.

  11. Many people in coastal villages were killed or taken prisoner.

  12. Swedish Vikings settled in areas around the Gulf of Finland.

  13. The Orkney and Shetland islands were home to Norwegian Vikings.

  14. Vikings known as Rus, or Varangians, established the first Russian state during the ninth century.

  15. Some Vikings founded settlements in Ireland and northwestern England.

  16. These daring explorers also settled in Iceland, Greenland, and North America.

  17. Descendants of the Vikings in the city of Normandy, France, were called Normans.

  18. Viking conquests slowed in the tenth century.

  19. The political systems and armies of Europe grew stronger in the eleventh century.

  20. This brought an end to the Viking Age.

EXERCISE: Draw one line under the complete subject and two lines under the complete predicate.

EXAMPLE: The Vikings were probably the first Europeans in Nova Scotia.

  1. Nova Scotia was one of their first stopovers in the Northern Hemisphere.

  2. The province of Nova Scotia lies on the eastern coast of Canada.

  3. The Nova Scotia peninsula and Cape Breton Island make up Nova Scotia.

  4. It is almost completely surrounded by water.

  5. The Gulf of St. Lawrence separates Nova Scotia from Newfoundland.

  6. John Cabot claimed Nova Scotia for the British in 1497.

  7. He left no settlers in Nova Scotia.

  8. French explorers Pierre du Gast and Samuel de Champlain later claimed part of Nova Scotia.

  9. Nova Scotia was a battleground between the British and French during the seventeenth century.

  10. An agreement called the Peace of Utrecht gave the mainland to the British.

  11. The British gained control of Cape Breton Island in 1763.

  12. The country joined the Dominion of Canada as one of its four primary provinces in 1867.

  13. About eighty percent of Nova Scotia is covered by evergreen forests.

  14. Nova Scotia and West Virginia are about the same size.

  15. The city of Halifax is Nova Scotia’s capital.

  16. Fish, lumber, and ships were once important products of Nova Scotia.

  17. Today coal, oil, and paper are the main products.

  18. Nova Scotia’s government is a parliamentary system.

  19. It is headed by a lieutenant governor.

  20. However, the provincial premier and an executive council make up the true executive branch.

INSTRUCTIONS: Write Complete for each group of words below that is a complete sentence and Fragment for each group of words that is a fragment. Rewrite each fragment as a complete sentence, by providing the missing part. Identify the part you added as Subject or Predicate.

Dream of traveling to exotic faraway places.


Many people dream of traveling to exotic faraway places.

1. The beautiful tropical islands of Hawaii.

2. Relax on white sandy beaches.

3. Surfers look forward to riding the perfect wave.

4. Other vacationers want to attend a luau.

5. The Bahamas are visited regularly by cruise ships.

6. Are ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving.

7. Like to go deep-sea fishing for marlin.

8. A growing number of tourist enjoy Iceland’s glaciers.

9. Ireland, the Emerald Isle.

10. Others travel halfway around the world to New Zealand.

11. Prefer the Galapagos Islands.

12. Great lumbering turtles and strange-looking iguanas.

13. Easter Island, the home of mysterious stone statues.

14. Reputed to be the most beautiful island I the world.

15. My favorite vacation would be exploring the ruins of ancient civilizations on the isle of Crete.

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