identify the major parts of the sentence like subject(s) and verb(s).

The first few sentences for the grammar project have popped up on the discussion board, and I need to reiterate something:
“Based on previous experiences, there are some pitfalls to avoid.
First, students took the example above way too literally and applied those same grammatical rules to the sentences they picked out for analysis. The problem with that is they were labeling parts of their sentences very inaccurately. They were inventing prepositional phrases and relative pronouns just because that’s what I have in my example.”
I am seeing some invented prepositions and invented relative pronouns. Keep these rules in mind.
A relative pronoun introduces a relative clause, and these relative clauses start with WHO/WHOM/WHOSE, WHICH, or THAT.
A preposition lets us know where and/or when: in, with, over, under, to, around, when, etc.
Run an internet search on these rules if you are unsure of them.
Overview:
We will use this discussion board to post the sentence you want to analyze. When posting, you will need the following:
The sentence itself
Recognition of original source
The start of your grammar analysis.
What I mean by the start of your grammar analysis is to…
identify the major parts of the sentence like subject(s) and verb(s).
identify modifying stuff (see example below) with reference to the sub-section for a particular grammatical rule from our textbook.
This is a graded activity and will be part of the participation grading area. I will assess mostly on following instructions with some attention to quality.
Example:
I will start with some basics.
Sentence for analysis:
Amazonians are smart, passionate builders with different backgrounds and goals, who share a common desire to always be learning and inventing on behalf of our customers.
Subject: Amazonians
Verb: are
Modifiers: smart, passionate (both modify builders) – See “Use Adjectives Clearly” (coordinate adjectives) pg 224
Prepositional Phrase: with different backgrounds and goals (modifies Amazonians as builders) – See “Use Parallel Structure” pg 230
Relative Pronoun (and modifying phrase): who share a common desire to always be learning and inventing on behalf of our customers – see “Use Modifiers Effectively” pgs 231-4
Original Source: https://www.aboutamazon.com/?utm_source=gateway&utm_medium=footer (Links to an external site.)
Goal of this discussion board;
This is step one of the process. There will be some follow-up to this soon. But, for now, get your sentence for analysis posted.
Final Thoughts;
Based on previous experiences, there are some pitfalls to avoid.
First, students took the example above way too literally and applied those same grammatical rules to the sentences they picked out for analysis. The problem with that is they were labeling parts of their sentences very inaccurately. They were inventing prepositional phrases and relative pronouns just because that’s what I have in my example.
Next, the frequency of inaccurate identification of subjects and verbs was scary. Scarier yet was after I pointed out their errors, the frequency of folks STILL being incorrect. Basically, they identified a different and still very incorrect part of the sentence as the subject and verb.
So, you NEED to keep this in mind:
Start with the basics: ID the subject(s) and verb(s). If you are inaccurate with these, you will be rolling a boulder up a steep hill, but it will be the wrong boulder and the wrong hill.
I repeat and cannot stress this enough; you must be accurate with identifying subjects and verbs. The quicker and more accurate you are, the quicker you will figure out what is going on with the rest of the sentence.
Sentences will employ different grammatical rules and structures, so you need to figure out what aspects of grammar are being used in the sentence you picked out. Do not just simply try to label something as a prepositional phrase just because you see it in the example.
The textbook is NOT the only source of information. Running some internet searches will provide you with so, so, so many resource options.
I have a hunch that you all enrolled in the course to get better at writing. This is where it starts. Trust me on this!
Next Steps…
The next steps will involve helping out with accuracy. What I am seeing at first glance are a number of posts that have a compound sentence, but the start of the analysis is missing the other subject and verb. So, this is another reminder of how important identifying subjects and verbs really is because missing the additional ones starts to steer the analysis down the incorrect path.
However, I will say this… the posts here are better than the last time I did this activity, so I sense we are already off to a stronger start.
Thus, I will be splitting you up into small groups, and you will be required to provide some feedback on each member of your group. You will be checking their accuracy at this point.
Groups will form shortly after some posts start popping up….

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