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Practice 1: Simple and Complex Subjects and Subject-Verb Agreement

Instructions.Finding the simple subject

Based on this lesson about complex subjects and subject-ver agreement, identify the complex subject of each item below. Then identify the simple subject.

Examples

Item 1

The problem with this application is very serious.

Complex subject: The problem with this application

Simple subject:(the) problem

Item 2

The most difficult step in these written assignments is coming up with a good idea for writing.

Complex subject:The most difficult step in these written assignments

Simple subject:(the) step

When you finished an item, click “Answer.”

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1. The large number of students failing this course tells you how hard it must be.

Complex subject:
  Simple subject:

Complex subject: The large number of students failing this course

Simple subject: (the large) number

2. The house I was interested in buying has already been sold.

Complex subject:
  Simple subject:

Complex subject: The house I was interested in buying

Simple subject: (the) house

3. Voting in local elections is as important as voting in federal elections.

Complex subject:
  Simple subject:

Complex subject: Voting in local elections

Simple subject: Voting

4. An asteroid the size of Mount Everest is believed to have contributed to the extinction of dinosaurs.

 

Complex subject:
  Simple subject:

Complex subject: An asteroid the size of Mount Everest

Simple subject: (An) asteroid

5. The extinction of the dinosaurs is widely believed to have been caused by a number of factors.

Complex subject:
  Simple subject:

Complex subject: The extinction of the dinosaurs

Simple subject: (The) extinction

6. The emergence of the humans, specifically Homo sapiens, is estimated to have occurred around 300,000 to 200,000 years ago.

Complex subject:
  Simple subject:

Complex subject: The emergence of humans, specifically Homo sapiens

Simple subject: (The) emergence

7. The ancient Greek philosopher and scholar, Aristotle, is considered to be one of the earliest figures to have contributed significantly to the field of etymology.

Complex subject:
  Simple subject:

Complex subject: The ancient Greek philosopher and scholar, Aristotle

Simple subject: Aristotle

8. Because it rained all week, all creeks and rivers in the area have overflowed and caused a great deal of damage.

Complex subject:
  Simple subject:

Complex subject: all creeks and rivers in the area

Simple subject: (all) creeks and rivers

9. Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press in the mid-15th century was responsible for an important breakthrough in the dissemination of knowledge.

Complex subject:
  Simple subject:

Complex subject: Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press in the mid-15th century

Simple subject: invention

10. All lunar missions since 1972 have consisted of uncrewed probes used to explore the moon’s surface and study its geology and natural resources.

 

Complex subject:
  Simple subject:

Complex subject: All lunar missions since 1972

Simple subject: (All lunar) missions

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