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    Naming parts of a sentences

    what is the naming part of the following sentece?

    She helps sick animals

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    Re: Naming parts of a sentences

    She - subject
    helps - verb
    animals - object
    sick - adjective modifying animals.

    Is that what you wanted to know? Another method of analysis is also possible.

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    Re: Naming parts of a sentences

    Thanks!
    my son is in first grade and since English is not my first language I wasn't really sure what the correct answer was. His teacher had "sick animals" as the correct naming part for the sentence She helps sick animals. I will bring to her attention that "she" is actually the correct answer.

    thansk Again

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    Re: Naming parts of a sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by joaom View Post
    Thanks!
    my son is in first grade and since English is not my first language I wasn't really sure what the correct answer was. His teacher had "sick animals" as the correct naming part for the sentence She helps sick animals. I will bring to her attention that "she" is actually the correct answer.

    thansk Again
    As Probus said, "animals" (modified by the adjective "sick") is the direct object of the verb "helps". Did the teacher suggest that "sick animals" was the subject of the sentence?

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    Re: Naming parts of a sentences

    No, no, don't do that. The other way of analyzing the sentence is: "she helps" is the subjective clause and "sick animals" the objective clause. Your son's teacher is not wrong.

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    Re: Naming parts of a sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    No, no, don't do that. The other way of analyzing the sentence is: "she helps" is the subjective clause and "sick animals" the objective clause. Your son's teacher is not wrong.
    There is no way that "sick animals " is a clause. It has no verb. What theory of grammar are you working with?

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    Re: Naming parts of a sentences

    yes, she did suggest that "sick animals" was the naming part of the sentence. is she right?

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    Re: Naming parts of a sentences

    "animals" is the noun. A noun is a name. "sick" is an adjective. The adjective describes the noun.
    I have never heard of this term "naming part" to describe an adjective/noun pair. But that seems to be the system the teacher is using.
    I guess "helps" is the "doing part", but one would need to know the system to parse a sentence this way.

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    Re: Naming parts of a sentences

    naming part is supposed to be the subject of the sentence. isn't "she" the subject on the sentence She helps sick animals?
    Last edited by joaom; 24-Sep-2013 at 06:10.

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    Re: Naming parts of a sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by joaom View Post
    naming part is supposed to he the subject of the sentence. isn't "she" the subject on the sentence She helps sick animals
    Yes, "She" is the subject. We should all know that. But does "naming part" = "subject"?

    Here's one definition:
    terminology - Distinguish "naming" and "telling" part of simple sentence with compound predicate - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange

    There's actually not a lot on the web about this. Apparently there's a "naming part" = subject; and a "telling part" - predicate.
    So "helps sick animals" is the "telling part". I think if kids are old enough to parse sentences, they are old enough to learn what a subject, verb and object are. But that won't stop new systems arising. You need to know the system the teacher is using.

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