SYNTAX: EXERCISES

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The exercises listed below are designed to give you practice in identifying Immediate Constituents and grammatical ties in English sentences.  Each exercise asks you to parse the sentence indicated.  Click on the number of the exercise to begin.  

Exercise 1: "Modern English is full of bad habits which spread by imitation."

Exercise 2: "He was given illegal money; that made his foes happy and, finally, caused him to lose."

Exercise 3: " 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe."

Exercise 4: "The boys at the garage judged Leroy's old Chevy the best for the drag race."

Exercise 5: "From the door, it seemed an enormous, bare room with chairs pushed against the walls."

Exercise 6: "Have Moe and Curly ever tried to intimidate Larry by using physical abuse?"

Exercise 7: "It is important that you do it yourself rather than relying on others."

Exercise 8: "The closer Mars gets to earth, the brighter Mars appears to be."


SOME SENTENCES FROM POEMS IN ENGLISH

Exercise 9: "Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle's compass come." (William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116)

Exercise 10: "The things which I have seen I now can see no more." (William Wordsworth, "Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood")

Exercise 11: "Malt does more than Milton can to justify the ways of God to man." (A. E. Housman, "Terence, This is Stupid Stuff")

Exercise 12: "I meant not even if asked, and I hadn't been." (Robert Frost, "Come In") 


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