The Subject

business-peopleEnglish sentences are no different from sentences in different languages. They are formed by two essential ingredients that seem to be inseparable- though they are not. These elements are the subject and the verb. Let’s focus our attention to the subject right now. What is a subject? Here is my personal definition:

“A subject is a noun, pronoun, noun phrase, noun clause or gerund that usually precedes and governs the main verb”

I know that you may not like my definition because it might be a little technical. Well, let me give you a few examples:

Subject as a Noun

     Rosy cooks delicious.

Subject as a Pronoun

     She cooks delicious

Subject as a Phrase

     The beautiful girl cooks delicious.

Subject as a Clause

     The beautiful girl who is reading that book cooks delicious.

Subject as a Gerund

     Her cooking is delicious.

In complex sentences, it is always convenient to identify the main verb first so you can identify the subject. A good exercise is to try to express noun subjects in more complex vehicles of expression such as phrases, clauses and gerunds.

Below is a video where we explain a little more about the subject.

Best,

Mario

 

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