Questions about determining the subject of a sentence or clause

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Plural or singular- is either correct?

We are losing our abilty/abilities to write. Abilities is 100% a word. True, it can be viewed as a shared thing in that we all have the one ability. But I think you could also say that it can be ...
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Doing A is preferable to doing B. = Doing A rather than doing (?) / do (?) B is advisable

In that situation I would rather do A than (I would) (do) B. If the verb 'do' appears after 'rather' it has to be in the bare infinitive, not in the gerund. How about that other way of ...
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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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Prepositions as subjects

I have some questions on the role of the subject in sentences. 1- When (in what sentences) a preposition can act as a subject (that is there is some object in that sentence which is the object of that ...
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Identifiying subjects in a sentence

I would like to know if the following sentence has two subjects or just one and if it has two why aren't they separated by a conjunction? "Do you know who he is?" Ok I'm asking this question ...
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Asking subject - object questions. 'Did' or past form of the verb in Past Simple?

The question is about the rule of asking questions in Past Simple tense. Please, look at the questions below and tell me if my thinking and naming of questions stated here are correct? For example ...
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comma between subject and verb

'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc., are possible fruits to eat in this country.' 'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc., all are possible fruits to eat in this country.' 'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc. are possible ...
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Singular or plural verb following “any” with a plural noun [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "If any of the parties are required,...."? Is it correct to say, "If any of the parties is required,...."?
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Subject or subject complement

In the sentence "What is it that makes us happy?", is 'what' the subject or the subject complement? Does 'that' refer back to 'it' or to 'What'?
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there + semantic verb

What semantic verbs are used with there besides the verb to be? I'm looking for the cases when there is used as a formal subject. For example in: There came a knock There comes a point in life
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Identifying the subject of a complicated sentence

This sentence took me a lot of time to parse: For migrant birds, which habitats are suitable during the non-breeding season influences habitat availability, population resilience to habitat ...
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Should subject come first in sentence?

I don't know the exact terms used to describe this situation but I'm wondering whether there is a clearly "correct" way of phrasing this sentence. I know both versions are grammatically correct, but ...
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Quick subject question [duplicate]

Sorry for the dumb question, but can someone please explain the subject and verb in this sentence? "There is a house in new orleans whose veranda is lined with satin"
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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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“Me knowing that he was… ” Is “me” the subject?

"That was it," he told me. "Laughing at me behind their faces, about a woman. Me knowing that he was up there, and them knowing I knew that if I busted in and dragged him out and bashed his ...
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“He who” as an indirect object [duplicate]

Is the following incorrect? Return it to he who gave it to you. Presuming it is, how would I correct it? (without resorting to saying "to the person who gave it to you," which is somewhat ...
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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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Were or are with compound subject?

Someome asked me which of these sentences is correct: There are no pus or polyps. Or There were no pus or polyps. Honestly, both sound wrong to me. I'd say, "there was neither pus nor polys." I ...
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we + noun vs us + noun

The phrase "us newly retired were taught" appeared in a letter to The (London) Times recently. A subsequent letter suggested this was an error (due to the writer having 'certainly allowed ...
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In the statement “this word” is the statement referring to “this”, or “word”? [closed]

In the two-word statement "this word", would the word in question be "this", or "word", and why or why not?
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Subject Verb Possessive Gerund problem: “He had me do this” vs “He had my doing this”

I know this sounds awkward, but in sentences such as "He said me being here was wonderful," it's obviously grammatically incorrect to say "me being here." It should be "my being" because we need to ...
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Which one is correct - “ There is only us here” or “There are only us here” [duplicate]

Temporary reopen note: The linked-to question is about the verb agreeing with the grammatical number of the first item in a list in a there is/are sentence. However there is no list in this question ...
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Is it grammatically correct - “Her and her looney boyfriend nicked my truck of cigarettes and drove it in the river.”

Is it grammatically correct - "Her and her looney boyfriend nicked my truck of cigarettes and drove it into the river. Just for a laugh." Is that first word 'Her' as a subject grammatically correct? ...
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how do I vs. how do you [closed]

I was wondering which one is used more often by Americans when asking something? How do you get the the train station? vs How do I get to the train station? I think British use 'one', which I ...
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“I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are having a great new year.” Grammar Issues? [closed]

"I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are having a great new year." Is this grammatically correct? Firstly, there is a tense change. Possibly other problems. Obviously this is correct: "I hope you ...
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“I am only me” vs. “I am only I”

Is it more correct to say "I am only me" or "I am only I?" I know that the subject should follow a linking verb like "am" or "is", e.g.: "It is I", but "It is me" is also correct by common educated ...
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“One of the sources of water in our country ARE the rivers” [duplicate]

"One of the sources of water in our country are the rivers" in this sentence, wasn't it supposed to be 'is' instead of 'are'? Normally we say "One of my friends is responsible for this," don't we?
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Subject predicate inversion due to negation

I was reading about subject predicate inversion inverted word-order... is also used in clauses introduced by a negative or restrictive clause element. In the following example, the initial ...
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Should a different word be used when “what” is used as an object?

While speaking with a co-worker today, I asked "Who should I speak with?" I quickly corrected myself saying "With whom should I speak?" I followed with "What should I look at?" To ...
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Verb-Subject Order

Is it optional to front the verb in sentences like the one below when an adverbial precedes? In the film, appear two more girls who think that Dallas is quite rude. I have already checked the ...
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Can “another” be used as a subject? [closed]

For example, there are two groups of people, a group travels to a foreign country just to enjoy beautiful attractions or take part in interesting festivals, and another goes to a new place to ...
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“The superhero is you” vs. “The superhero are you”

I know there was already a similar question asked before, but I don't get it completely. So, as I take it, you can exchange "The superhero is you" with "The superhero are you" without a big change in ...
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What's the Subject in: 'And up here in the corner is me'

If two people are looking at a photo, and one of them pointing out the different people says: And up here in the corner is me. ... what is the Subject of the sentence? The phrase up here in ...
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Can a pronoun functioning as Object also be a Subject?

I want him to call me tomorrow. In this sentence we see: I, subject; want, verb; him, object. What is the subject of to call? Him? But him is the object of the verb want. Is this a correct ...
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Why does it matter what the subject is?

I see a lot of questions asking "what is the subject"? (This, for example.) Why does it matter, practically, what the subject is? How does knowing the subject give more information than just knowing ...
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What's the best way to find the subject in a sentence?

What's the best way to find the subject in a sentence? How do you define a subject? I am especially curious about such cases, in which the subject seems to be represented by more than one word: The ...
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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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Does “is” always distinguish a subject and predicate ?

"Martin thinks he is a cat" Martin is the subject and thinking he is the cat is the predicate, right ? Is there ever such a thing as a sentence with "is" more than once, but only one subject and ...
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Do I lose the subject of the sentence by adding a preposition?

The following second sentence, continues the first, but I wonder whether using the word in causes the second sentence to no longer have a subject, or does it remain from the prior sentence by way of ...
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Why are grammatical subjects called subjects?

In a monarchical state a subject is "one that is placed under authority or control" (Merriam). If A is subject to B, A is figuratively beneath B. This meaning makes sense with the word's roots of ...
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sentence omits subject [duplicate]

How is this grammar works? In resume: I lead a group of three developers and ... → Led group of three developers and ... Is this a past participle or Ellipsis (it just omits subject)? Is it just ...
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we come across so many noteworthy thoughts *to point out*. What's wrong with this sentence?

I have a feeling that something is wrong with this sentence but don't know it's grammatical reason. Can you help me with it? In reviewing Sylvia Plath`s short poem Mirror, we come across so many ...
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In the sentence “It is she”, which is the subject?

If she is the subject, what is then the function of it? If it is the subject, then shouldn't the sentence be It is her since she is a subject pronoun? Thanks!
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Subject pronoun or object pronoun?

Here is a sentence: Everyone likes you but her/she. What should be the correct pronoun? According to me since we are replacing a subject with a pronoun it should be she, but the answer according ...
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Syntax - Giving proof something is a subject

So I'm trying to figure out how to provide proof that something is a subject of a sentence. I know to prove something is a noun, you can put determiners in front of it, and pluralize it (if it's a ...
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Omission of subject

Is it correct to omit the subject of a subordinate clause if it coincides with the subject of the main clause, for example, I felt drowsy when (I) woke up? Can you give me a reference to the ...
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Subject Omission

I have a complicated question to ask you. I wrote a composition and there was a sentence like this: [...] then he saw the brother he thought was dead But then my teacher corrected me by adding ...
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Grammatically, what is “It” in the following sentence?

I'm currently working at a private academy in Korea, and my boss just asked me a real head-scratcher. In the sentence: It doesn't have to be hot and humid for players to lose too much water from ...
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Is “Me” instead of “I” as a nominative pronoun actually acceptable?

TL;DR; Has 'Me and whoever' long become acceptable usage in informal speech? In the comments on this answer on ELL, I corrected the usage of "me" instead of "I". "My boyfriend and I.. " 😁 ...
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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 ...