Verb patterns | Subject + verb

English sentences do not have the same form or structure. While some sentence patterns are simple, others can be quite complicated. As someone preparing for the IELTS, you should be familiar with various sentence patterns in English. An ability to use a variety of patterns will impress your reader and improve your score.

Subject + verb

This is the simplest sentence pattern in English. In this pattern, the subject is followed by an intransitive verb which makes complete sense without the help of any other words.

Examples are given below.

  • Dogs bark.
  • Birds fly
  • Birds sing.
  • The moon shines.
  • The birds are singing.
  • The bell is ringing.
  • The bell has rung.
  • The sun is shining.

It is possible to add adjectives and adverbs to this pattern.

Adjectives are words used to modify nouns; whereas adverbs are words used to modify verbs.

Study the sentence given below.

  • The wild dogs barked ferociously.

Here we added the adjective ‘wild’ to modify the subject ‘dogs’ and the adverb ‘ferociously’ to modify the verb ‘barked’.

More examples are given below.

  • The full moon shone brightly.
  • The birds sang beautifully.
  • The wise man smiled knowingly.

Manjusha Nambiar

Hi, I'm Manjusha. This is my blog where I give IELTS preparation tips.

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