to determine what parts of speech these are:

Question:

I have problems with this. I am supposed to determine what parts of speech these are: We’re looking for verbs, objects and predate words. The choices are verb phrase, linking verb , helping verb, predicate noun, predicate adjective, direct object and indirect object.
The sentences are as follows:
1. Calvin was wandering down the street when it happened.
2. A car hit a truck that was parked at the curb.
3.The car looked old and battered.
4.Two men left the car and dashed away.
5.Calvin had never seen anything like it.
6.He was upset by what he’d observed.
7.Calvin told a police officer the whole story.
8.”That event was a scene in a movie, ” she said.

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Answer:

  1. Calvin was wandering ( verb phrase—original verb–wander) down the street when it happened (verb phrase).
  2. A car hit (verb phrase) a truck (direct object) that was parked (verb phrase) at the curb.

3.The car looked (linking verb) old and battered (predicate adjective).

4.Two men left the car (direct object) and dashed away. (left and dashed—verb phrase)

5.Calvin had (helping verb) never (adverb) seen (the entire underlined part is a verb phrase) anything (direct object) like it.

6.He was upset (verb phrase) by what he’d observed.

7.Calvin told a police (indirect object) officer the whole story (direct object) .

8.”That event was (linking verb) a scene(predicate adjective) in a movie, ” she said.

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