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Know Your Terminology: Subject and Object

In this worksheet, students practise identifing the subject and object of verbs in different sentences.

'Know Your Terminology: Subject and Object' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar: Subject, Object, Gender & Diminutives

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The subject of a verb is the person, animal or thing that does the action.

The horse ate the apple. 

In this sentence the horse was doing the eating so it is the subject.

 

The object of a verb is the person, animal or thing that receives the action.

The horse ate the apple.

The apple is the object because it was being eaten.

 

Every sentence must have a subject, but not all sentences need an object.

The horse neighed.

The horse is the subject of the sentence, but nobody is being neighed, so there is no object.

Read the following sentence and identify the subject, verb and object.

 

Mrs Jones hung out the washing.

Column A

Column B

subject
hung out
verb
Mrs Jones
object
the washing

Read the following sentence and identify the subject, verb and object.

 

The blackbird gobbled up the worm.

Column A

Column B

subject
the worm
verb
The blackbird
object
gobbled up

Read the following sentence and identify the subject, verb and object.

 

The cat chased the mouse around the kitchen.

Column A

Column B

object
chased
verb
The cat
subject
the mouse

Read the following sentence and identify the subject, verb and object.

 

I picked some wild flowers.

Column A

Column B

subject
wild flowers
object
picked
verb
I

Read the following sentence and identify the subject, verb and object.

 

The man and the boy admired the racing car.

Column A

Column B

object
admired
subject
The man and the boy
verb
the racing car

Tick the box containing the subject of the following sentence.

 

Last Wednesday the police came to our school.

Last Wednesday

the police

our school

Tick the box containing the object of the following sentence.

 

The mother cat licked its kitten as they lay in the basket.

The mother cat

its kitten

the basket

Which of these verbs always need an object? Tick two boxes.

buy

sleep

snore

bring

listen

Which of these verbs always need an object? Tick two boxes.

think

talk

make

get

speak

Which of these verbs never have an object? Tick two boxes.

weep

help

wait

thank

sing

  • Question 1

Read the following sentence and identify the subject, verb and object.

 

Mrs Jones hung out the washing.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

subject
Mrs Jones
verb
hung out
object
the washing
EDDIE SAYS
Good effort! A verb is a word used to describe an action. The action in this sentence is \'hung out\'. The subject is the person doing the action, in this case \'Mrs Jones\' is our subject. An object is the thing the action is being done too, so in this example it is \'the washing\' as it is being \'hung out\'. Just remember break the sentence down. Think about who is doing something, what is it they are doing and what are they doing it to?
  • Question 2

Read the following sentence and identify the subject, verb and object.

 

The blackbird gobbled up the worm.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

subject
The blackbird
verb
gobbled up
object
the worm
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! The blackbird is the subject as it is performing the action. The verb is the action, in this case \'gobbled up\'. What is the object the bird is eating? The worm is the object.
  • Question 3

Read the following sentence and identify the subject, verb and object.

 

The cat chased the mouse around the kitchen.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

object
the mouse
verb
chased
subject
The cat
EDDIE SAYS
You got this! Think about what the action is first, this identifies the verb. In this example the verb is \'chased\'. Once you have identified the verb you can find the subject by identifying what is performing the action? Then you can decide what the object is, as this is the thing the action is being done too. In this example the \'cat\', who is our subject, is \'chasing\' (verb) the mouse who is our object. The mouse is being chased so it is the object.
  • Question 4

Read the following sentence and identify the subject, verb and object.

 

I picked some wild flowers.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

subject
I
object
wild flowers
verb
picked
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this? The verb is the action in the sentence so in this case \'picked\'. \'I\' is the subject as they are the ones picking the flowers. \'Wild flowers\' is the object as they are being picked. Keep up the great effort!
  • Question 5

Read the following sentence and identify the subject, verb and object.

 

The man and the boy admired the racing car.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

object
the racing car
subject
The man and the boy
verb
admired
EDDIE SAYS
Great to see you having a go. This could be tricky but apply the same rules and you got it! To begin still identify the action in the sentence as this will give us our verb. \'admiring\' is an action that we do, this is the verb. A sentence can have more than one subject. In this example both the man and the boy are subjects as they are the ones doing the action. \'The racing car\' is the object being admired.
  • Question 6

Tick the box containing the subject of the following sentence.

 

Last Wednesday the police came to our school.

CORRECT ANSWER
the police
EDDIE SAYS
Good job! Who is the sentence talking about? Who has performed an action? In this example it is \'the police\' who is the subject as they performed the action of \'coming to our school.\' You got this!
  • Question 7

Tick the box containing the object of the following sentence.

 

The mother cat licked its kitten as they lay in the basket.

CORRECT ANSWER
its kitten
EDDIE SAYS
OK so here we are looking for the object. We find the object by looking for who or what is having the action done to them. We need to identify what the action is first. Remember the verb is your action word. The action in this example is \'licking\'. What is being licked? The kitten is being licked, so it is the object.
  • Question 8

Which of these verbs always need an object? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
buy
bring
EDDIE SAYS
Nearly there! You got this! Remember not all verbs need an object. However there are two options here that will always require an object. Look at the options and think about each action. Which verbs require you to involve an object? \'Buy\' will always require an object as the action itself requires you buying something, that something is the object. If you haven\'t bought an object, then you haven\'t performed the action of buying. This works in the same way as the verb \'bring\'. If you haven\'t brought anything to a place or someone, then you haven\'t performed the action of bringing.
  • Question 9

Which of these verbs always need an object? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
make
get
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get them? Think about each action. Which actions can you only perform by using an object. You can not \'make\' without it resulting in something at the end. The same rule applies to \'get\'. You can not \'get\' without getting an object.
  • Question 10

Which of these verbs never have an object? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
weep
wait
EDDIE SAYS
Super star! Well done. Look though each option and decide what actions do not require an object in order for them to be performed.
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