Noun Quiz #4 – Subject and Verb of a Sentence

Nouns Quiz #4

Finding the subject and verb of a sentence

Underline the subject of each sentence. Circle the verb.

Answers to this quiz are towards the bottom.


1. Jennifer eats.


2. Brad plays.


3. The father cooks.


4. The brother cleans.


5. Victor laughs.


6. They fly.


7. Randy hits a ball.


8. We read.


9. Don works.


10. Robin smiles.


11. Everyone sits.


12. She drives.



Answers to Noun Quiz #4 Finding the Subject and Verb of a Sentence


1. Jennifer           eats


2. Brad        plays


3. The father           cooks


4. The brother         cleans


5.Victor        laughs


6. They        fly


7. Randy       hits


8. We          read


9. Don         works


10. Robin       smiles


11. Everyone          sits


12. She         drives



*End of finding the subject and verb of a sentence quiz*


Nouns Quiz #3 – Using Articles

Nouns Quiz #3

Using articles

Complete each sentence using “an” or “a”

Answers to this quiz are towards the bottom.


1. She hits ________ red ball.


2. He has ________ black bike.


3. The cat has ________ bed.


4. Joe wants ________ book.


5. Patricia eats ________ orange.


6. Becky has ________ horse.


7. Tom is ________ English student.


8. Tonight there was ________ fire.


9. We caught ________ fish.


10. Jill shoots ________ arrow.


11. They have ________ office.


12. She uses ________ fork.



Answers to Noun Quiz #2 Using Article


1. a.


2. a


3. a


4. a


5. an


6. a


7. an


8. a


9. a


10. an


11. an


12. a




*End of using articles quiz*

Noun Quiz #2 – Singular and Plural Noun Forms

Nouns Quiz #2

Singular and Plural Noun Forms

Write the plural form of each singular noun

Example: apple ———-> apples

Answers to this quiz are towards the bottom.


1. Hat


2. Book


3. House


4. Watch


5. Car


6. Sky


7. Life


8. Chair


9. Novelty


10. Answer


11. Patio


12. Glove




Answers to Noun Quiz #2 Singular and Plural Noun Forms:


1. Hats


2. Books


3. Houses


4. Watches


5. Cars


6. Skies


7. Lives


8. Chairs


9. Novelties


10. Answers


11. Patios


12. Gloves




*End of singular and plural noun form quiz*

Noun Quiz #1 – What is a Noun?

Nouns Quiz #1

What is a Noun?

Decide whether or not the word in bold type is a noun. If it is a noun, write “Y” for yes, or “N” for no.

Answers to this quiz are towards the bottom.


1. We play cards every day.


2. John uses the tractor often.


3. Jeff is watching the television.


4. The dog barks.


5. Bill ate his lunch.


6. He reads a book.              ­­


7. Is the door open?


8. My house is the red one.


9. She went swimming in the ocean.                            


10. The puppy ran to me.


11. The sun is rising.


12. Katie is in Boston.




Answers to What is a Noun? quiz:


1. Yes


2. No


3. Yes


4. No


5. Yes


6. No


7. Yes


8. No


9. Yes


10. No


11. Yes


12. Yes



*End of What is a noun? quiz*


Articles and How to Use Them

Articles and How to Use Them

Article: Often called noun names, these are placed before nouns and help identify them.

“a” or “an” is used before a singular noun and identifies it as one of many. This ‘article’ will answer the question, “what is it?” or “who is it?”

Use “a” or “an” for general references. This means you do not have to know which specific noun you are speaking about; it can refer to any member of a group rather than a specific member.


Use – “a” before a singular noun that begins with a consonant.


a car                                    a town                                a table

a boat                                  a song                                 a chair

a toy                                   a phone                                a book


Use – “an” before a singular noun that begins with a vowel sound.



an umbrella                         an office                               an orange

an apple                             an ocean                               an idea

an answer                           an eraser                              an image


“the” is used for any singular or plural noun that is specific

Specific: clearly stated, defined


If you wanted to talk about any cat, you would use:

A cat ate my lunch.


When talking about a specific cat, you would use:

The cat ate my lunch.

(This means you know which cat ate your lunch.)


Using “the” as an article answers a specific question. It answers what (noun) or which (nouns) you are speaking about.


This chart talks about what questions using “the” as an answer the article provides:

Question Answer Meaning
Which house The house The only house
Which glass The glass The only glass


Question Answer Meaning
Which girl A girl It could be any girl
Which dog A dog It could be any dog


*Remember to use “a” with words beginning with a consonant. – “an” is used with words starting with a vowel. Both are articles used with singular, non-specific nouns.

Remember to use “the” for singular or plural, specific nouns.




*End of lesson for articles*

Noun Endings

Noun Endings

Root: The main part of a word.

Suffix: One or more letters or syllables added to the end of a root to change its meaning.

The following is a list of commonly used suffixes. When you can recognize these common noun endings, it will help you to use nouns and find nouns in sentences.


When we add –er it indicates whomever is performing the action.


A person who plays golf is a golfer.

golf + er = golfer


A person who reads is a reader.

read + er = reader


When we add –ance it indicates the fact or state of carrying out an action.


A person who performs gives a performance.

perform + ance = performance


Adding –ness shows a quality or state of being.


The state of being eager is eagerness.

eager + ness = eagerness


The state of being full is fullness.

full + ness = fullness


Many times, because of spelling, the –y changes to –i

Adding –ity shows an action or state of affairs that is abstract.

Abstract: expressing a quality apart from an object. We cannot touch abstract things.



Relating to spiritual ideas is spirituality.

spiritual + ity = spirituality


People who are able have ability

(Spelling changes here because of spelling rules.)


Watch for these endings. When you see them you will know the word is a noun, which is helpful when learning English.




*End of lesson for noun endings*

What is an Appositive?

What is an Appositive?

Appositive: a noun that follows a noun and renames it. A comma goes before the appositive and a comma or a period after the appositive.



1. Jessica, the teacher, is very organized.

Jessica = leading noun

the teacher = following noun, renames Jessica as the teacher

the teacher – appositive


2. Everyone at school likes the nurse, Ms. Thompson.

nurse = leading noun

Ms. Thompson = following noun, renames the nurse as Ms. Thompson.

Ms. Thompson = appositive


3. Our friends, the David’s, are humorous.

our friends = leading noun

the David’s = following noun, renames our friends as the David’s

the David’s = appositive


4. Carrot juice, her favorite drink, has many vitamins.

carrot juice = leading noun

favorite drink = following noun, renames carrot juice as the favorite drink

favorite drink = appositive




*End of lessons for appositives*

Nouns Used as Objects of Preposition

Nouns Used as Objects of Preposition

Preposition: A word that is placed before a noun or pronoun in a sentence to show relationship.


*Visit the preposition section for lessons on prepositions*


In this lesson we want to show another use for a noun: object of preposition.


Near the beach

“near” is the preposition

“the beach” is the object of preposition



Above the television

“above” is the preposition

“the television” is the object of preposition


Now let’s add the subject and verb to these partial sentences:


Kathy lives near the beach.

Kathy = subject

lives = verb

near = preposition

the beach = object of preposition



The cat sleeps above the television.

the cat = subject

sleeps = Verb

above = preposition

the television = object of preposition


We know that a preposition is a word that is placed before the noun to show relationship.

Let’s look at this example:

The kids play around the play structure.

kids = subject

play = verb

around = preposition

play structure = object of preposition


WHY: Because prepositions are placed before the noun to show relationship.

play structure = noun

What word is placed before the noun, showing relationship?

The word “around”




*End of lessons for nouns as objects of preposition*

Nouns Used as Direct Object

Nouns Used as Direct Objects

Direct objects: A word or group of words in a sentence that receives the action from the verb.

Action verbs: Verbs that express something that we do.


Examples of action verbs:

Read, run, love, play


To learn more about direct objects, let’s look at this sentence:

Jill loves the park.

Who: Jill

Action: loving

What: the park

There are two nouns in this sentence. Jill, which is a proper noun, performs the act of loving (which is the action verb.)

Jill loves.



Another noun has been added to the sentence – “the park.” This second noun is placed after the verb and directly receives the action of the verb – “loves.”


Jill (proper noun) loves (verb) the park (direct object.)


Nouns Used as Direct Objects Need an Action Verb

Action verbs express something we do.


Examples of action verbs:

Run, play, drive, ride, love


Because direct objects receive the action of the verb, the verbs that can take direct objects are action verbs.


Here are some examples:


Jill loves the park.
Subject Noun Action Verb Direct Object
Who performs the action Action Action


Keith plays tennis.
Subject Noun Action Verb Direct Object
Who performs the action Action Action


These sentences all have a subject, a verb, and a direct object. Let’s look at two ways to know what the subject and what the direct objects are in any sentence.


Questions to ask to find the subject and direct object of sentences

To discover the subject of a sentence:

Place the question “who or what” before the verb.



Jill loves the park.

Who loves?

Jill loves.

The subject is Jill.


Jeff plays the guitar.

Who plays?

Jeff plays.

The subject is Jeff.


To discover the direct object of a sentence:

Place the question “who or what” after the verb.



Bill drinks orange juice.

Drinks what?

Orange juice

The direct object is orange juice.




*end of lesson for nouns used as direct objects*

Subject Compliments: Using More Than One Noun

Subject Compliments: Using More Than One Noun

Subject compliment: Gives more description or renames the subject.

Linking verb: Verb used to link the subject to the subject compliment. Subject compliments are placed after a linking verb.



Jacob is the winner.

Jacob = subject (noun #1)

is = linking verb

winner = subject compliment (noun #2)


The verb “is” links Jacob to “winner.” This makes it a linking verb. Linking verbs do not show action like the other verbs. They are a link between the subject and the subject compliment.



Jessica was a banker.

Jessica = subject, noun #1

was = linking verb of “to be”

a banker = subject compliment, noun #2

“banker” is the subject compliment because it re-names or gives more information about the subject.




*End of lesson for subject compliments*