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1.Do you think I did well in my Spanish examination?

2.Who won the music festival?

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What exactly do you want to know here ? The subject of these questions ? What does that mean ? It is not clear what you want here. –  Arjun J Rao Feb 13 '11 at 15:35
    
I need the subject of the two questions listed. can a question have a subject? –  Anglophobia Feb 13 '11 at 15:40
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A question has a subject as any sentence. I think it's clear what is asked in this question. –  kiamlaluno Feb 13 '11 at 15:42

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The subject is generally the element with which the verb (potentially) agrees. This doesn't change just because it's a question. So in "Do you think...?", you is the subject: if you changed it to he, for example, the verb would need to change the verb to Does. The case of "Who won...?" is slightly more tricky because "who" can't be pluralised in English (as opposed, say, to Spanish). But if you imagine paraphrasing as "Which person/people", you'll see that this element is the subject: *"Which person has come?"*, *"Which people have come?"*.

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It's easier to understand which the subject in a question is when you look at the equivalent affirmative.

  • Do you think I did well in my Spanish examination? => You think I did well in my Spanish examination.
  • Who won the music festival? => Who won the music festival.
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You mean The Who –  mplungjan Feb 13 '11 at 18:12

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