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Where’s the action (verb)?

By Debra Dobbins

Today’s front page was replete (see entry of Nov. 8) with action verbs and direct objects in various headlines.

The headline above could also work as a complete sentence. Fruita is the subject, rejects is the action verb and ban is the direct object. OK, OK, since you are anxious to know, smoking is used as an adjective and the prepositional phrase “in city parks” contains a preposition, adjective and noun.

See if you can spot examples of the structure of “subject-action verb-direct object” in the other headlines on the front page. Check tomorrow’s blog for the answers.


 

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