Exercise 2

Locating Verbs in Simple Sentences

Directions:

  1. In each of the following examples, the subject of the main clause has been colorized.

  2. Locate the verb.

  3. And type the verb word (or words) in the space provided.

  4. Be sure to check your answers when you have finished this exercise.

From Here to Eternity
Montgomery Clift's death scene shirt

Example:

Hawaiian shirts were popularized by celebrities from all walks of life during the first half of this century.
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Verbs in Simple Sentences

1. The shirts helped to put Hawaii on the map for many people living on the Mainland.
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2. Duke Kahanamoku was a pure Hawaiian and a direct descendant of the royal family.
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3. The Duke received fame and fortune as the winner of an Olympic gold medal for his skill as a swimmer.
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4. In 1925, he went to Hollywood and appeared in the movie Mr. Roberts with Henry Fonda.
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5. As a result of his association with Kahala Sportswear in the 1930s, he became a fashion consultant and publicly endorsed their brand of Hawaiian shirts.
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6. A shirt with the Duke's name on it increased its status and boosted the company's sales.
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7. One line of shirts endorsed by the Duke was called "pineapple tweeds."
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8. The material used for making the shirt was culled from recycled fabric remnants brought up from the milliner's floor.
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9. "Pineapple tweed" fabric had the appearance of hand-woven linen and was extremely durable.
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10. Because of its strength, the Chrysler Corporation wanted to use it for the purpose of upholstering car seats.
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11. The shirt made from this cloth was embellished with the Royal Hawaiian Crest.
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12. Its motto, an ali'i or royal family trademark, was clearly visible.
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13. "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."
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14. In exchange for helping to popularize this particular shirt, the Kahala company paid Duke Kahanamoku a fifty-cent royalty for each sale of a dozen shirts.
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15. Thanks in part to the popularity of Hawaiian shirts, Hawaii became known as Vacationland.
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16. By the late 1940s, shirts with labels reading "Made in Hawaii" attracted vistors to the Islands like magnets.
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17. Some of Hollywood's brightest stars like Tony Curtis, Bing Crosby, Montgomery Clift, and Elvis Presley wore Hawaiian shirts in blockbuster movies.
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18. For example, in 1954, Hawaiian shirts were worn by Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine, and Frank Sinatra in a major motion picture called From Here to Eternity.
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19. But the most beautiful shirt of all in that film was reserved for Montgomery Clift's death scene.
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20. His shirt featured willowy palm trees with aqua colored trunks standing guard over a painterly stream of water with ripples of red, black, beige, and white.
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21. A shirt worn by Elvis Presley in a publicity photo for his 1963 film, Blue Hawaii, was covered with block-printed squares in multiple shades of red and a smattering of white stylized plumeria blossoms to add visual interest.
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22. America's Mainland politicians also wore Aloha shirts.
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23. On the cover of a December, 1951 issue of Life magazine, President Harry Truman is shown wearing his "seashore shirt with seagulls."
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24. The caption placed next to his shirt reads, "The President of the United States: The Evolution of a Wardrobe."
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25. With a circulation of more than 5,200,000 readers, Life magazine's cover photo must have tempted many Mainlanders to save up their dollars for a trip to Hawaii and a shirt bought in Paradise.
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