Grammar Pattern 18|
Longer Noun + Verb + Noun
My younger brother Sam drinks beer.
This pattern is similar to Pattern 17, however the first noun (the subject of the
sentence) can sometimes be a very long "noun phrase". For example, look at the
model sentence above. Instead of "Sam drinks beer" which only has one word (Sam)
as the subject, the model has four words ("My younger brother Sam") as the subject.
This adds useful information and helps us to communicate more effectively. Or look
at Pronunciation Practice sentence 5 below - the first noun phrase has nine words!
Using noun phrases easily takes practice but when you can say them well, your
speaking will be much more fluent.
Pronunciation Practice - Repeat each sentence out loud!
1. My older sister wants coffee.
2. My friend Joe from Hawaii enjoys tea.
3. The brother of my best friend enjoys steak.
4. The woman who works in that shop loves money.
5. My older sister's friend who works in that shop went to New York.
Conversation Practice - Ask these questions to your friends!
1. What does your older sister (or younger sister) like to drink?
2. Do you have a friend from another city? Does he enjoy tea?
3. Who do you know that enjoys steak?
4. What kind of people love money?
5. Do you know anyone who has travelled to another city?
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