Questions about determining the subject of a sentence or clause

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...