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Identify the verbs and verb phrases in the following sentences. Then, classify each verb or verb phrase as transitive action, intransitive action, or intransitive linking. Give the object(s) of each transitive action verb and the subject complement(s) of each linking verb.

1. Throughout its history English has borrowed many words from other languages.

2. Because a newly borrowed word often sounds unfamiliar, people sometimes do not hear it correctly.

3. They will pronounce the word and will spell it as if it had come other, more familiar English words.

4. The wrong spelling hides the true origin of the word and gives the false impression that its sources is contemporary English, when its real source is something else entirely.

5. The word woodchuck, for example, might have come from two English words, wood and chuck.

asked by Kyle
  1. I'll get you started.

    1. Throughout its history English has borrowed many words from other languages.

    Verb phrase: has borrowed -- transitive action
    Object: words

    I'll be glad to check your answers for the other four sentences.


    posted by Ms. Sue
  2. Thank You!

    2. borrowed--instransitive

    3. will spell -- instransitive

    4. hides - transitive. Object spelling

    5. might have - instransitive

    posted by Kyle
  3. 2. borrowed--instransitive -- No. Borrowed is an adjective in this sentence. However, there are two verbs.

    3. will spell -- instransitive -- Will spell is a verb -- but it is not intransitive. It has an object. There is another verb. Also -- I believe you mean "some" not "come."

    4. hides - transitive. Object spelling Hides is one of four verbs in this sentence. The object is not spelling.

    5. might have - instransitive The whole verb phrase is might have come. It is intransitive.

    Please go back and study your text materials. This site may also help you.

    http://www.chompchomp.com/

    posted by Ms. Sue
  4. 2.sounds transitive. object familiar

    3. will spell - transitive. object word.

    4. hides - transitive. object wrong.

    5. might have come - instransitive

    posted by Kyle

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