Still talking Plotmatics! In this course, I deem it fit to realign the definition of phrases. Remember I said that Plotmatics is a whole new way of doing it – writing I mean. Phrases have since long been defined as a group of words that do not make a complete sense. Examples were cited as under the table, in the house, on the car, how to write a novel, going green, and so on. This definition is hazy in that the phrase ‘How to Write a Novel’ yet leads seekers to the article in question. Going green has just said it all. On the car has said it all. This definition has its shortfall.
Within the context of this course, a phrase is defined or deemed to be a group of words which do not contain a main verb. The main verb is often the missing item in a phrase. It should be borne in mind that the main verb in a sentence is that verb which agrees with the subject of the sentence in number. For example,
- John walks to school on foot every morning.
- John and James walk to school on foot every morning.
Notice how the verb walks has changed in sentence 2 to reflect the number of the subjects in the sentence. Hence, walk is the main verb of the sentence.
The main verb is also that verb in a sentence that changes its form to reflect time in the past, present or future tenses. For example,
- John walked to school on foot yesterday.
- John and James walked to school on foot yesterday.
- John will walk to school on foot tomorrow.
A sentence is a group of words that contain the subject(s) and the predicate. Meanwhile, the predicate of a sentence is that part of the sentence that contains the main verb. Hence a sentence has two parts: the subject + the predicate.
|John||Walks to school on foot every morning|
|They||Left for super|
Notice that some predicates may contain just the main verb.
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