Questions about determining the subject of a sentence or clause

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what should be placed in the blank and why? [duplicate]

He as well as his friends _____ going to play cricket in that playground.
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Are two singular nouns together singular or plural?

I'm writing a research paper with several classmates for school. However, there's a sentence that we, as well as others who have reviewed our paper, disagree with on how to write. Which sentence is ...
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If a clause is a direct object, its pronoun is nominative because the whole clause is the object

I am sure this has been asked before; I couldn't locate a definite answer (grammar websites on direct objects do not seem to explicitly state the answer). I think it may have been addressed in my ...
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subject + verb + infinitive

I am having difficulty with subject + verb + infinitive set-ups, as I discovered with who/whom sentences. I understand who and whom as the subject and object forms. For sentences that I find a little ...
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I with my friends vs my friends and I

I'm pretty sure it's not correct to say I with my friends go to the cinema every weekend. However I sometimes hear it from other Russians. I have to use "and" instead of "with" and put this like ...
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Can a singular noun be used to represent a category of things in a sentence subject?

Specifically, in following sentences, which ones are correct? Elephants are huge. The elephant is huge. An elephant is huge. Elephant is huge. I think 1 and 2 above are correct, but how about 3 ...
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Can a clause have more than one (in)direct object?

I am fairly convinced that any English clause (and it probably also counts for other languages, but I can't be sure about that) can only contain 1 subject, 1 direct object, and 1 indirect object. This ...
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Change subject after “in doing so”

I was recently told in class that this sentence is correct: "He reprogrammed the system, and in doing so, we lost crucial data." It just doesn't feel right to me - my intuition is that the subject ...
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Are these interrogatives subjects or complements for verbs?

[a] Which is the best choice for the blank? [b] What's the best choice you have made? (TED) Which are the subjects in above respectively? It seems like which in [a] and what in [b] are ...
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the same A as Verb + Subject [duplicate]

While reading a book, I found: Objective-C supports the same conventions as does C. I've thought "... as C does" is correct. For example, As time goes by, we come to forget almost ...
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A does the same B as does C

While reading a book, I found: Objective-C supports the same conventions for specifying strings as does C. I've thought "... as C does" is correct. For example, As time goes, we come to ...
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a network of engines that enables Vs that enable [closed]

ABC operates a network of multilingual job search engines that enables individuals to find suitable jobs across multiple countries. VS Recruit.net operates a network of multilingual job search ...
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participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject

I am reading this The Elements of Style book by Strunk and White, I am confused about rule number 11. A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject There ...
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What happened first: “ye”/“you” merging to “you”, or “thou”/“thee” falling ou of common use?

Simple subject "I": I went. Replacing it with "me": Me went. That sounds strikingly wrong. We use it for fake "caveman talk". However, there was a time when it worked like this: 1st ...
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“that” usage, subject-verb distance

Which instruction is better: 1. Insert events that occurred at an earlier time to complement the events in the ‘present’ story. 2. insert events occurred at an earlier time to complement the events in ...
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Subject Verb Object Pattern [closed]

Can someone tell me what are subject,verb,direct object and indirect object in below subject. Show me that photo - this is the sentence. Thanks in advance.
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What is the noun to describe whether a word is subject or object?

Just as "number" describes whether a noun is singular or plural, is there a noun that describes whether a pronoun is subject or object? For example: The number of the first-person pronoun "I" is ...
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To repair bicycle is his job. Vs. Repairing bicycle is his job

My question is what the differences are between the two sentences. In what situation do you use infinitive as a subject? And when do you use gerund as a subjective? Thanks a lot!
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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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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 ...