Shurley Method is a way for students to learn the parts of speech and
identify words in a sentence. They use a question and answer flow to
master this form of identifying the parts of speech.
How to Classify Sentences
Step One: Identify the type of sentence.
Step Two: Use the question and answer flow.
To find a subject, ask - Who or what is the sentence about?
To find a verb, ask - What is the subject doing? Check for helping verbs.
To find an adjective, go to the noun and ask - What kind, which one, how many, and whose?
To find an adverb, go to the verb and ask - How, when, or where?
Check for articles.
Complete the prepositional phrase check .
Step Three: Label the parts of speech with the correct abbreviation.
- subject noun, SP - subject pronoun, V - verb, HV - helping verbs, adj
- adjective, adv - adverb, A - article adjective, PPA - possessive
pronoun adj, PNA - possessive noun adj
P - preposition, OP - object of the preposition
1. _____ The pretty blue bird sings sweetly along the fence.
Answer: A adj adj SN V adv P A OP
D The pretty blue bird sings sweetly (along the fence).
Lesson 1: The Four Types of Sentences
Declarative(D) - makes a statement (.)
Imperative(Imp) - a command, usually begins with a verb (.)
Interrogative(Int) - asks a question (?)
Exclamatory(E)- a statement with strong expression (!)
1. The weekends are something I look forward to. (D)
2. Please clean your room on Friday night. (Imp)
3. When can we go to the movies? (Int)
4. What a lovely day this Sunday was! (E)