Nouns or nominatives of address are the persons or things to which you are speaking. They are set off from the rest of the sentence by a comma or commas, may have modifiers, and are not related to the rest of the sentence grammatically. You can remove them and a complete sentence remains. They may be first, last or in the middle of the sentence. Examples: John, where are you going? Where are you going, John? Where, John, are you going?
Because I use diagramming to teach in the classroom and can’t on the internet, I will be asking you to find various parts of the sentence for the repetition. The repetition should help you remember the parts of the sentence.
Instructions: Find the verbs, subjects, predicate nominatives, direct objects, and nouns of address in these sentences and tell whether the verb is transitive active (ta), transitive passive (tp), intransitive linking (il), or intransitive complete (ic).
1. Sir, may I speak with you for a moment?
2. Jeff, are you leaving tomorrow?
3. Listen carefully to the instructions, boys and girls.
4. Fred, Anna needs your assistance for the afternoon.
5. Please, Mr. President, accept our apologies.
–For answers scroll down.
1. may speak = verb (ic), I = subject, sir = noun of address
2. are leaving = verb (ic), you = subject, Jeff = noun of address
3. listen = verb (ic), you (understood) = subject, boys and girls = nouns of address
4. needs = verb (ta), Anna = subject, assistance = direct object, Fred = noun of address
5. accept = verb (ta), you (understood) = subject, apologies = direct object, Mr. President = noun of address
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