Questions about determining the subject of a sentence or clause

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Is there a name for the practice of placing too many phrases/clauses between the subject and verb of a sentence?

I recently had a discussion with a coworker while editing a document, wherein I thought a sentence was hard to read, because the subject was separated from the verb by a large dependent clause ...
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Who do you want to talk to? Whom do you want to talk to? [duplicate]

Who do you want to talk to? Whom do you want to talk to? Which one is correct sentence?
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Noun & verb agreement

in the sentence "Fourteen of the bones make up the face and jaw." is "Fourteen" singular or plural? The preceding sentence is "The skulls of every human being have 22 bones." The grammar book I'm ...
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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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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, ...
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Confusing rule about subject-verb agreement

I am currently working through "The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation" by Jane Straus. In the section on subject-verb agreement the author describes a rule for sentences that begin with "there" or ...
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The Subject of a Participial Construction

The following passage is quoted from the article in Newsweek by Leah McGrath Goodman, titled "Thomas Piketty Says He Was Ambushed": [Financial Times’s economics editor Chris] Giles, in his ...
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Is “there's no chance” the subject in “… there’s no chance she will change her mind”?

She’s very determined and there’s no chance she will change her mind. I try to understand what is "there's no chance" in the sentence. e.g. is that subject? etc.
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Obvious Subject in a Sentence

Some twitter account tweeted like this "when they release the iPhone 7 and you haven't even gotten the 6 yet "(with funny pic) enter link description here If I tell the content of the sentence, I ...
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Commas for parenthetical info when against technicality and ambiguity

I write the following sentence as follows: "The lady spent a few seconds gently patting the two chocobos at the coach, a popular species of avian bred throughout the country". Where does one draw the ...
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“As a [noun]” followed by mismatching subject

There is one particularly commonly used language construct that I find logically incorrect. However, as a non-native English speaker, I can't decide authoritatively on whether the usage is actually ...
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Is “There was a herd of cattle eating grass” a valid sentence?

This is just a simple question, but I was wondering about this. I would think "herd" is the subject here, and since a herd can't eat (only an individual cow can), would I need to rearrange this ...
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'One out of three people thinks' or 'one out of three people think'? [duplicate]

Could someone please explain to me which of these sentences is correct and why? Only one out of three respondents (29%) thinks otherwise. Only one out of three respondents (29%) think ...
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Direct and indirect objects in the sentences

In the sentence, There is a full moon in the sky. ... will the sky be treated as the object in the sentence?
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“He may have been criticized by people who/whom have other opinions” [duplicate]

"He may have been criticized by people who/whom have other opinions" Which is right, who or whom? :)
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Simple present exercise - Rohan and Sania - Is the subject considered plural?

I'm doing a simple present tense exercise, but I've come across a problem. Rohan and Sania_______(like) to play card games. Being native speaker I know that 'like' sounds (and probably is) correct. ...
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a number of children has gone to school or have gone to school [duplicate]

Please help, in this sentence is "a number" an attribute or the subject of the sentence?
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Indicative without a subject

I'm aware that imperative and interrogative constructions can take no subject as it's usually implied ("Look this way!!", or "Why look that way?"), but what about an indicative sentence like this one: ...
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When “you” is being used as a dummy subject

I observe very often that in conversations, native speakers say "you" as a dummy subject (not sure if that's a correct way to call it), not particularly meaning the person whom the speaker is talking ...
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Appropriate use of “reaching” when the subject gets smaller and not bigger

Is it OK to say that something reaches 1/5th of its original size? Like in the following sentence: "Not only that, but the output images are also highly compressed, sometimes reaching (up?) to 1/5th ...
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Comm usage and Subejct help!

I am not an English expert. I need to know if I get the comma usage correct or not. John usually gets up before 7 o'clock, but yesterday his alarm clock did not ring, so he was still asleep when ...
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“You” or “your” when using two subjects with a possession?

I came across your and Mr X's publication or I came across you and Mr X's publication
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Clauses in Sentences

I understand that a clause contains (in order) a subject, verb and object, like below: He let his daughter. "He" is the subject, "let" is the verb and "his daughter" is the object. But what ...
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If the direct object is also doing an action can it be a subject?

For example in a simple sentence such as: Jim saw another man eat a cow. I know that "Jim" is the subject, and "another man" is the direct object. But then is "another man" a subject as well ...
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“All I've done” or “All what I've done”? [closed]

Is the "what" required to come after "all"? Are the following sentences grammatically correct? What is the grammar point here? I understood that there should be a subject and a main verb. In this ...
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“All you need is a good pair of glasses”: What is the subject, and why? [closed]

What is the subject in the following sentence? And why? All you need is a good pair of glasses. is the subject All you need OR a good pair of glasses? If it's 'ALL', then, in a different ...
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Gerund usage: when can verbs be used as -ing nouns? [duplicate]

I have a question regarding the correct usage of verbs as nouns ending in -ing (I understand that these are referred to as gerunds). Under what circumstance may a gerund be used in place of the verb ...
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Is using a sentence as a subject grammatically correct?

For example: Attack them directly won't do anything "Attack them directly" is a partial sentence. In this sentence, we treat that whole phrase as a subject and make a sentence from the phrase. ...
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How do I make “X is the thing I wanted to win” unambiguous?

When I say, StackExchange is the website I wanted to win (in an implied context of best website award), it sounds like I wanted to win (own) StackExchange, whereas I'm trying to imply that I wanted ...
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Can words like “what” be the subject of a sentence?

In a question like "Who hears a noise?", is the subject of the sentence who? I can think of a few tests for subjects like: "the subject is the phrase that inverts with the auxiliary to form a ...
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Is the sentence ambiguous in “it had seemed like” part?

"she told me she was sorry, that there had been a special offer on sunbeds, and it had seemed like the right thing to say at the time" To whom had it seemed like the right thing? The speaker, or the ...
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“like I” or “like me”?

In high school we learned to say "than I" and "as I" because you could potentially add an "am" to the end of the sentence. Examples: "She is smarter than I." (Think: "...than I am.") "He is as tall ...
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Using sentence subject to decide between “is” and “are” [closed]

I thought I had it figured out but then I got confused again. When sending an e-mail in response to a job posting, if the e-mail has attached to it a single copy of your cover letter and single copy ...
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Need help with subject verb agreement [duplicate]

Need help with include vs. includes: He's had hits with a massive number of artists that include so-and-so, so-and-so, and so-and-so. Or should it be includes, agreeing with the word "number"?
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What is the grammatical subject in these phrases: “what is there to eat?” and “who is at the door”

If I say "there's something to eat, most analyses I have seen seem to imply that the pronoun "there" is the grammatical subject in similar existential sentences (but not all sentences with "there + ...
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What's the subject of “There is my biscuit!” ? And how about “There is one biscuit left”?

What's the subject, grammatically speaking, of these sentences? There is my biscuit! My biscuit is there! There is one biscuit left. I don't really know how to analyze these. The following ...
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Clause and noun as subject in a sentence

Can I use both a clause and a noun as the subject of a sentence? For example: How the factors interact and their compound impact are not well understood. I find the meaning is clear but the ...
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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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The weather is changing. Is the weather changing something or is the weather being changed? [closed]

The weather is changing. This sentence is an active voice sentence and in active voice sentences the subject is a “doer”. So, I want to know that what is the subject in this sentence? If ...
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Subject of gerund phrase [duplicate]

Me getting a hangover is nothing like her getting a hangover. - I'd rather contemplate you singing than him singing. Is this grammatically correct?
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Subject of drip the verb

drip verb 1. let fall or be so wet as to shed small drops of liquid. "the tap won't stop dripping" synonyms: dribble, drop, leak More antonyms: gush (of liquid) fall in small drops. "water ...
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Should I use who or whom? [duplicate]

I feel like I know the rule but I'm not sure in this case. "The audience wonders who/whom she is." Which is correct and why? Thanks.
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When can we omit the subject of a clause?

Is the following sentence correct? Rob is not at school today, but said he would come tomorrow. Notice that the version above does not have a subject before said. Should it be: Rob is not at ...
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Yes, this is she. Who's calling? [duplicate]

I've read in a book that I should "use the subjective case if the pronoun is the complement of the linking verb to be". That is the following sentences are correct: They believed that the thief was ...
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Subject of 'asking' in: 'sent a letter asking'

In the sentence ... The client sent me a letter asking if we could change the information for them. ... what is the semantic/syntactic subject of the verb asking? Are there any tests we can do ...
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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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Are nonrestrictive elements considered part of the subject or part of the predicate?

Wolves, hunted to extinction in Wyoming and Montana in the twentieth century, occupy a vital place in the natural cycle of the area. In the above sentence, is the nonrestrictive element hunted to ...
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Usage of “let” with an inanimate subject

Can anyone help me and explain if the usage of "let" together with "these things" is grammatically correct in the following passage? We have created many useful things such as airplanes, trains, ...
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“Whom” or “who” where the referent is both subject and object?

I understand there has been so much on this topic but I am still confused. I get that if the person is the subject it is who and anything else is whom. However, I'm really struggling to work out this ...
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My favorite animal are dogs [duplicate]

My favorite animal are dogs. Is this acceptable? I believe this is ok because I see "animal" as one species and "dogs" as the variety of breeds. Of course, the best answer would be "my favorite ...