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    Hello,
    I really need your help. I have an assignment to circle the noun in the subject and the verb in the predicate.

    The sentence I am to correct reads:

    Sarah's family rescued him from a canyon.

    What Is the noun?

    I really am not sure.

    Thanks
    Last edited by Brightlife; 20-Jul-2008 at 22:51.


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    Re: What is the noun in the subject

    Welcome to the forums
    Quote Originally Posted by Brightlife View Post
    Hello,
    I really need your help. I have an assignment to circle the noun in the subject and the verb in the predicate.

    The sentence I am to correct reads:

    Sarah's family rescued him from a canyon.

    Is the noun as part of the predicate Sarah's family?

    I really am not sure.

    Thanks
    The subject = family [modified by Sarah's]

    The predicate = rescued him from a canyon


    What did they do?


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    Talking Re: What is the noun in the subject--still confused

    Thanks Angelika, but I am still a little confused. Which word is the Noun of the sentence?

    Sarah's family rescued him from a canyon.

    Thanks
    Last edited by Brightlife; 20-Jul-2008 at 22:52.


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    Re: What is the noun in the subject--still confused

    Quote Originally Posted by Brightlife View Post
    Thanks Angelika, but I am still a little confused. Which word is the Noun of the sentence?

    Sarah's family rescued him from a canyon.

    Thanks
    Who did the rescuing?


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    Oh, ist Sarah's family ( two words ) or just family?

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    Re: What is the noun in the subject

    In the context of the sentence, I would say "Sarah's family".


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    Thanks,
    could it the noun ever be family?

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    Re: What is the noun in the subject

    Quote Originally Posted by Brightlife View Post
    Thanks,
    could it the noun ever be family?
    I'd say they both have to be nouns.
    "family" is a common noun.
    "Sarah's" is the possessive form of a proper noun.

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    Re: What is the noun in the subject

    Quote Originally Posted by Brightlife View Post
    Could the noun be family?
    In the noun phrase "Sarah's family" the word "family" is a noun and "Sarah's" is an adjective.

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    Re: What is the noun in the subject

    I agree with Ron; the main noun is family- Sarah's is modifying it. You could replace Sarah's with an article, but you would replace family with a pronoun.

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