Questions about determining the subject of a sentence or clause

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Prepositions after objects [duplicate]

I live in the house next to/close to the cinema. I live in the house that is next to/close to the cinema. I go to the school in front of/behind my house. I go to the school that ...
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subject of the sentence: Whether or not to bomb Syria is the pertinent question

My son (12 years old) had some homework and was asked to find the subject of the sentence: Whether or not to bomb Syria is the pertinent question. The complete subject seems to be: Whether or not to ...
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Number who or number that? [duplicate]

Would you say "the number of students that earned sufficient credits" or "the number of students who earned sufficient credits"?
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How to clarify the meaning of “don't forget my son”?

There are two meanings of "Don't forget my son" A directive addressed to your own son. A directive addressed to someone else about your son. You want to use meaning #2. You can emphasize meaning ...
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Is “It must be him with whom you enjoy doing your assignments, not me” correct? [duplicate]

I’d like all of you to please consider the following sentence: It must be him with whom you enjoy doing your assignments, not me. I have known that after 'to be' verb pronouns words take the ...
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What is the correct name for this particular unclear-subject error?

An example: the sentence "Upon finishing these books, I think the reader has a new perspective on history." Taken literally, it could mean that "I, upon finishing these books, think..." Or it ...
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Is “am” ever proper English without an “I” somewhere before or after it? [duplicate]

For a long time, I have been convinced that the use of the word am without the word I either before or after it is incorrect. For instance, saying Am going all by itself. However, I recently ran a ...
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Usage of the perfect gerund [closed]

Is there any grammatical error in this sentence: Having been up all night makes me tired Can I use having been/done... as subject?
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“buying cookies will deliver on our promise” - can I use subject and verb like this?

A bit of context: a couple decided not to spend money on unecessary stuff and they promised that to each other. Later, one of them says: I dont believe that buying cookies will deliver on our ...
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Sentence fragment: subject or object

Suppose I have a picture of me hanging out with Bob, and I want to add a caption to it. Is one of the following more correct than the other? "Bob and me" "Bob and I" More generally, do grammar ...
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The subject of “and” in a compound statement

I'm wondering the subject of the second clause in a sentence like You should tell him to get up and get back to work The subject of get back to work is ambiguous to me. It could be interpreted as ...
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“Are” Vs “Is” in the following sentences

I'm confused what verb would concord in the following couple of sentences: The number of students and the number of teachers are/is decreasing day by day in the school. Either a number of ...
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“Either A or B”: what exactly is the subject? [closed]

My brother had this pair of questions on a Year 7 English exam. Consider this sentence: "Either Michael or Susan will have to do night shift tonight." Which is the subject? ...
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Subject and Object in Commands?

I'm having difficulty figuring out the subject and object in the following sentence: Give me that pencil. The confusion is since someone is requesting the pencil, should they be the subject? In ...
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all we have are or is each other [duplicate]

I heard this phrase in the official call of duty ghosts reveal trailer: All we have is each other A quick Google search also reveals about a hundred thousand occurrences, but it sounds really ...
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If I want to talk about a person, but not one in specific, should I use: “Subject”, “One” or “Persons”?

I'd like to use a noun to mention a person, but not a specific one, like generalising. Should I say it like this? It allows the subject to speak for themselves. Or like this? It allows ...
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Proper use of “prescience” & “prescient” with implicit subject

If I am sending an email with the subject line: Look at how spot on the Economist was with the Real Estate Bubble In the body of the email, I quote 2 paragraphs from the article and write a ...
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Does a student own, hold, possess, or something else a transcript? [closed]

Does a student hold, own, possess, or something else a transcript? My wife just asked me a question for which I do not have an answer. She asked me, "holder or owner of a transcript?" I wasn't sure ...
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Is “Joe’s and my bicycles” correct? [duplicate]

Is this phrasing correct and acceptable? Here are Joe’s and my bicycles I am describing two bicycles, one owned by Joe and one owned by myself.
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Usage of “I am afraid” [closed]

What kind of sentence should follow the phrase "I am afraid", assertive or interogative? For example, is the following sentence grammatical? I am afraid is it appropriate ask me a copy of it.
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How to reverse sentence so that their subjects and verbs agree? [closed]

How do you reverse the following sentence so that the subject agree with their verb............? The president as well as his assistant have declined every comment. The government’s reason ...
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English teacher's question about subject of a sentence

My students and I have a disagreement about the subject of the following sentence: "Many animals were found on the farm." I say it's "Many"; they say it's "animals." Who's right?
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When should the subject agree with the object of the preposition?

Quite often while I'm looking through research articles, I see sentences that start like this one: The tensile strengths of the composites changed... I generally change strengths to strength in ...
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Can a subordinate clause split subject and verb in the main clause?

E.g. are these correct? Following the rules, even if it's difficult, is essential. Following the rules, although it's difficult, is essential.
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“Stuff happen” or “stuff happens”? [closed]

Is it “bad stuff happens to good people” or “bad stuff happen to good people”?
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“Pitcher” or “Pitchee” when referring to oneself in a submission form

I'm pitching a story to a public broadcaster and the layout asks that I put my name on the top of the form. Am I the "Pitcher" or the "Pitchee", or should I just go with "Name"? "Name" seems too vague ...
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Different subjects for the word “drive”

She drives well on a highway. This sentence makes sense to me, but so does the next one: This car drives well on a highway. I'm not sure why. The car can't drive on its own but second ...
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Identify the subject, object and verb

In the sentence below I want to confirm whether I have correctly identified the subject, object and the verb (It's a sentence I made up as an example and hope it's correct, and if not please correct ...
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Who is pleased?

In the sentence, who is pleased, Malfoy or Crabbe and Goyle? Malfoy went to join his friends Crabbe and Goyle, looking pleased with himself.
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Are the subject and complement inverted in “Perched atop a high mountain on the other side […] was a vast castle”?

In this example, are the subject and complement inverted, or could it be possible to understand that ‘The thing’ or something of the subject of verb ‘was’ is dropped? Perched atop a high mountain ...
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“As is customary” vs. “as it is customary”

I more often see the first version being used, but to me, that doesn't sound right because I can't see the subject there. I would definitely use the second one. What am I missing here? Update: ...
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What’s the subject? [closed]

What’s the subject for the verb suppose? Now, yer mum an’ dad were as good a witch an’ wizard as I ever knew. Head boy an’ girl at Hogwarts in their day! Suppose the myst’ry is why You-Know-Who ...
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What’s the subject and verb?

During these sessions, the court could rule on major issues, this time around that includes the case about whether race should be a factor when colleges decide which students to accept. For ‘this ...
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Subject–verb agreement: “are” versus “is” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Singular or plural following a list My apples and orange are wrong What is correct? Her ripples, her current, her momentum is the fountainhead of science. Her ...
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S-V agreement: It is not clear what is/are meant by A and B

In the following sentence, the verb “are” strikes me as odd. In paragraph 6, it is not clear what are meant by “the front unit” and “the central element”. It seems that “. . . it is not clear ...
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Is it acceptable to omit “I” when it's the subject? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it acceptable to begin a declarative sentence with “Am”? Is it correct English to omit I from the beginning of a sentence when it's clearly implied? For example... ...
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Subject and object while using passive voice [closed]

My English teacher and an overwhelming majority of my English class insists that in the following sentences the bolded words are subjects and the italicized words are objects. I ate the cake. ...
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What is the simple subject in “Is that my bike”?

Is that my bike? I'm not sure if the simple subject is that or bike.
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On the structure of “search for weapons and bands of pro-Hussein fighters still holding out”

I came across the following expression: The primary task of many American troops in Baghdad has been to search for weapons and bands of pro-Hussein fighters still holding out. This is from a ...
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subject and verb in “The average bundle price paid”?

I found this sentence really confusing: The average bundle price paid was a little over $8. So, the average is the subject. Paid is the verb. What about the bundle price? Can we use this form ...
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Subject-auxiliary inversions not associated with questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Inversion in “only [adverb] have they” Is there some rule governing the following, or similar, subject-auxiliary inversions (*"Rarely they do see the light of day", ...
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Does modifying a collective noun with a number make the subject plural?

The word dozen is a collective noun, i.e., singular when we think of them as groups and plural when we think of the individuals acting within the whole. So we might say: Talking about eggs: "A ...
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What is the subject of the following sentence?

Food allergies are adverse reactions to an otherwise harmless food or food component that involves an abnormal response of the body's immune system to specific protein(s) in foods. This is a ...
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Object vs Subject?

Consider the following sentence: "Even during the simple occurrence of him and me standing next to each other makes me notice that he's taller than me." Is him and me correct? Should it be he ...
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Is it grammatical to omit the subject from “I did my work”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it acceptable to begin a declarative sentence with “Am”? Is it correct to start a sentence with did. Did my work. instead of I did my work. ...
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“Hope” versus “I hope” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is there omission of subject in sentences like “Thought you'd never ask.” Is it correct to use hope without subject? I have seen may times something ...
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Is “things such as this” singular or plural?

Which of the following is correct? Things such as this make me happy. Things such as this makes me happy. Is the subject "things" or "this"?
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“A lot of people, especially this one psychoanalyst […], keeps asking”

In the last chapter of The Catcher in The Rye: A lot of people, especially this one psychoanalyst guy they have here, keeps asking me if I'm going apply myself when I go back to school next ...
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Is it “me” or “I” and why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do I use “I” instead of “me?”   John, Valencia, and I (or me)? I found a photo of Sarah, Thomas, James and I? OR I found a photo of ...
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Why is there omission of subject in sentences like “Thought you'd never ask.”

Another example is "Hope this helps." "Thought you'd never ask." is the omission of "I thought you'd never ask." "Hope this helps." is the omission of "I hope this helps." In English grammar, ...