Parts Of A Sentence Quiz - Questions With Answers

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Take this amazing "Parts Of A Sentence Quiz" to figure out how much you know about the formation of a sentence and the grammar rules behind it. We speak, we write, we express, and it's all done with the help of sentences. But executing a sentence requires perfect placement of grammatical units. This quiz covers topics including subjects, predicates, direct and indirect objects, and subject complements. Dive right in and make sure you answer all the questions after reading them carefully. Don't forget to share it with your friends.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Choose the subject in the sentence below: Jenny won the writing competition for her class. 

    • A.

      Jenny

    • B.

      Won

    • C.

      Competition

    • D.

      Class

    Correct Answer
    A. Jenny
    Explanation
    The subject in the sentence is "Jenny" because she is the one who won the writing competition for her class.

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  • 2. 

    Choose the subject in the sentence below: The old, abandoned church caught on fire!

    • A.

      Old

    • B.

      Church

    • C.

      Caught

    • D.

      Fire

    Correct Answer
    B. Church
    Explanation
    The subject in the sentence is "church" because it is the main noun that the sentence is about. The other words in the sentence, such as "old," "abandoned," "caught," and "fire," are either adjectives or verbs that provide more information about the subject.

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  • 3. 

    Choose the subject in the sentence below: Are you going to the dance tonight?

    • A.

      Going

    • B.

      You

    • C.

      Dance

    • D.

      Tonight

    Correct Answer
    B. You
    Explanation
    The subject in the sentence is "you" because it is the person being asked about their plans for the dance tonight.

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  • 4. 

    Choose the predicate in the sentence below:  Jenny won the writing competition for her class. 

    • A.

      Jenny

    • B.

      Won the writing competition for her class.

    • C.

      Competition

    • D.

      Class

    Correct Answer
    B. Won the writing competition for her class.
    Explanation
    The predicate is part of the sentence that includes the verb and provides information about the action or state of being. In this case, "won the writing competition for her class" is the predicate because it includes the verb "won" and provides details about what Jenny did, specifically, winning the writing competition for her class.

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  • 5. 

    Choose the predicate in the sentence below: The old, abandoned church caught on fire!

    • A.

      Old

    • B.

      Church

    • C.

      Caught on fire

    • D.

      Fire

    Correct Answer
    C. Caught on fire
    Explanation
    The predicate is the part of the sentence that includes the verb and provides information about the action or state of being. In this case, "caught on fire" is the predicate because it includes the verb "caught" and describes the action of the old, abandoned church catching on fire.

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  • 6. 

    Choose the predicate in the sentence below: Are you going to the dance tonight?

    • A.

      Are going

    • B.

      You

    • C.

      Dance

    • D.

      Tonight

    Correct Answer
    A. Are going
    Explanation
    The predicate in a sentence is the part that contains the verb and provides information about what the subject is doing or the action taking place. In the sentence "Are you going to the dance tonight?" the predicate is "are going," which tells us about the action of the subject "you" inquiring about attending the dance tonight.

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  • 7. 

    Identify the direct object in the sentence below:  Hannah gave Madison a birthday gift. 

    • A.

      Hannah

    • B.

      Gave

    • C.

      Madison

    • D.

      Gift

    Correct Answer
    D. Gift
    Explanation
    In the sentence, "Hannah gave Madison a birthday gift," the direct object is "gift." The direct object is the noun or noun phrase that receives the action of the verb. In this case, the action of the verb "gave" is being done to the gift, making it the direct object.

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  • 8. 

    Identify the direct object in the sentence below:  The Martin family brought a dessert to the dinner party.  

    • A.

      Family

    • B.

      Brought

    • C.

      Dessert

    • D.

      Party

    Correct Answer
    C. Dessert
    Explanation
    The direct object in the sentence is "dessert". It is the noun that receives the action of the verb "brought". The Martin family brought what? They brought a dessert to the dinner party. Therefore, "dessert" is the direct object.

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  • 9. 

    Identify the direct object in the sentence below:   Michelle dropped the stapler on her toe. Ouch!

    • A.

      Michelle

    • B.

      Dropped

    • C.

      Stapler

    • D.

      Toe

    Correct Answer
    C. Stapler
    Explanation
    The direct object in the sentence is "stapler" because it is the noun that receives the action of the verb "dropped".

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  • 10. 

    Identify the indirect object in the sentence below:  The Martin family brought a dessert to the dinner party.  

    • A.

      Dessert

    • B.

      Dinner

    • C.

      Party

    • D.

      There isn't one

    Correct Answer
    D. There isn't one
    Explanation
    The sentence does not contain an indirect object. An indirect object typically receives the direct object or benefits from the action of the verb. In this sentence, there is no recipient or beneficiary of the action "brought" that can be identified as an indirect object.

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  • 11. 

    Identify the indirect object in the sentence below:  Austin passed Michael a note in class when the teacher wasn't looking. 

    • A.

      Michael

    • B.

      Note

    • C.

      Class

    • D.

      Teacher

    Correct Answer
    A. Michael
    Explanation
    An indirect object is a noun or pronoun that receives the direct object. In this case, "Austin" is the subject, "passed" is the verb, "a note" is the direct object, and "Michael" is the indirect object because he is the one receiving the note. The sentence answers the question "to whom" or "for whom" the note was passed, making "Michael" the indirect object. 

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  • 12. 

    Identify the subject complement in the sentence below: Mrs. Greene is the substitute for Mrs. Gray's class.  

    • A.

      Mrs. Greene

    • B.

      Is

    • C.

      Substitute

    • D.

      Class

    Correct Answer
    C. Substitute
    Explanation
    The subject complement in the sentence is "substitute". It follows the linking verb "is" and describes the subject "Mrs. Greene".

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  • 13. 

    Identify the subject complement in the sentence below: She looks beautiful in red.  

    • A.

      She

    • B.

      Looks

    • C.

      Beautiful

    • D.

      Red

    Correct Answer
    C. Beautiful
    Explanation
    The subject complement in the sentence "She looks beautiful in red" is "beautiful". A subject complement is a word or phrase that follows a linking verb (in this case, "looks") and renames or describes the subject (in this case, "she"). In the sentence, "beautiful" describes the subject "she" and completes the meaning of the sentence.

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  • 14. 

    Decide if the word in bold is a predicate nominative or a predicate adjective:  Miguel was the class president last year.  

    • A.

      Predicate nominative

    • B.

      Predicate adjective

    Correct Answer
    A. Predicate nominative
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "president" is describing the subject "Miguel" and is functioning as a noun. It is not describing or modifying the subject, but rather renaming or identifying it. Therefore, "president" is acting as a predicate nominative.

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  • 15. 

    Decide if the word in bold is a predicate nominative or a predicate adjective:  The warm cherry pie smelled delicious. 

    • A.

      Predicate nominative

    • B.

      Predicate adjective

    Correct Answer
    B. Predicate adjective
    Explanation
    The word "delicious" describes the smell of the warm cherry pie. It is not renaming or identifying the subject "pie," but rather it is modifying the verb "smelled." Therefore, "delicious" is functioning as a predicate adjective in this sentence.

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  • 16. 

    Decide if the underlined word is an action or linking verb:   Sally smelled the fragrant flowers in her garden.  

    • A.

      Action verb

    • B.

      Linking verb

    Correct Answer
    A. Action verb
    Explanation
    The underlined word "smelled" in the sentence "Sally smelled the fragrant flowers in her garden" is an action verb. It represents the physical action of using the sense of smell to perceive the fragrance of the flowers.

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  • 17. 

    Decide if the word in bold is an action or linking verb:   Sally was happy she grew a variety of flowers in her garden.  

    • A.

      Action verb

    • B.

      Linking verb

    Correct Answer
    B. Linking verb
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "was" is used to connect the subject "Sally" with the predicate adjective "happy." It does not show any action being performed by Sally, but rather describes her state of being. Therefore, "was" is functioning as a linking verb in this sentence.

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  • 18. 

    Decide if the word in bold is an action or linking verb:   Nick and Wil are football players.  

    • A.

      Action verb

    • B.

      Linking verb

    Correct Answer
    B. Linking verb
    Explanation
    The word "are" in the sentence is a linking verb. Linking verbs connect the subject of the sentence (Nick and Wil) to a noun or adjective that describes or identifies it (football players). In this case, "are" connects the subject "Nick and Wil" to the noun "football players," indicating that they are in the state or condition of being football players.

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  • 19. 

    Decide if the word in bold is an action or linking verb:   Amber tapped Matt on the shoulder.  

    • A.

      Action verb

    • B.

      Linking verb

    Correct Answer
    A. Action verb
    Explanation
    The word "tapped" in the sentence is an action verb because it describes a physical action that Amber performed by touching or hitting Matt on the shoulder.

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  • 20. 

    For a sentence to make a complete thought, it must have ____________________.

    • A.

      A subject

    • B.

      A predicate

    • C.

      A subject complement

    • D.

      Both A and B

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A and B
    Explanation
    In order for a sentence to make a complete thought, it must have both a subject and a predicate. The subject is the noun or pronoun that the sentence is about, while the predicate is the verb or verb phrase that tells what the subject is doing or experiencing. Without both of these elements, the sentence would be incomplete and lacking in clarity. A subject complement, on the other hand, is not necessary for a sentence to be complete.

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Elizabeth Paskert |MEd |
K-12 English Expert
"Elizabeth is a creative and outgoing individual with excellent organizational skills and a strong proficiency in computer applications such as Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Internet usage. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching from Bowling Green State University in 2007-2012, followed by a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from the same university in 2012-2014.
She is a goal-oriented teacher who excels in working with both adults and children. Elizabeth's enthusiasm for gaining academic training and work experience is directed towards a career in Early Childhood Education."
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