To introduce the idea of ‘parsing a verb’ where children decide whether something is written in the the ‘first, second or third person, and whether it is in the simple or continuous tense, past, present or future.
Revise that a sentence can be written in the first, second or third person, and the person can be singular or plural.
Let’s conjugate the irregular verb ‘to be’ in the simple past and present present in your literacy book.
I am I was
You ____ You ______
Discuss whether it is written in the the ‘first, second or third person, singular or plural.
How do you parse a sentence?
You analyse all the words in it, what job it does and decide what part of speech it is.
When you identify the verb in a sentence you can analyse it also by asking:
When did it happen? (the past, present, or future) and what tense it is in (simple or continuous).
Look at the subject and decide if the verb is in first, second or third person, singular or plural.
Lets parse this sentence. Write it neatly into your literacy book.
She arranges the flowers very artistically.
What is the verb and subject?
The subject will tell you if the verb is in the first, second or third person, and whether it is singular or plural.
To identify the subject ask yourself ‘Who arranges the flowers?’
Underline ‘arranges’ in red and draw a box around ‘ She’ with a small s in the corner.
Complete Grammar sheet 24 Parsing Verbs