Identify the semantic role

Exercise

You will be given some sentences where two or three noun phrases are marked off with square brackets. For each sentence:

Example:

Roles:

Possible alternative sentences: 

Here are some sentences for you to work on in a similar way:

  1. [He]’s been sent [a tax form]. [S1A-007 #256]
  2. [She] got sent [a huge sheaf of flowers] by [her son]. [S1A-019 #83, adapted]
  3. [The guards] hustled [Harry] out of the car. [W2F-012 #91]
  4. [Mum and Dad] gave [us] [ten rose bushes] as a house warming present. [W1B-001 #191]
  5. During the meeting [Kenneth’s Private Secretary] handed [me] [a message]. [W2B-012 #65]

You can check your answers below when you have finished.

Answers

Note: You may have thought of other alternative sentences.

1. [He]’s been sent [a tax form].

2. [She] got sent [a huge sheaf of flowers] by [her son].

3. [The guards] hustled [Harry] out of the car.

4. [Mum and Dad] gave [us] [ten rose bushes] as a house warming present.

5. During the meeting [Kenneth’s Private Secretary] handed [me] [a message].

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