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If you mean: can a person that is referred to by a direct object noun phrase of some verb also be referred to by a subject noun phrase of another verb, then sure. Why not? But if you mean: can a noun phrase simultaneously be the direct object of one verb and the subject of another verb, the answer is unclear. This is possible in Relational Grammar (and ...
A verb plus -ing form used in a nominalized sentence is a gerund. It's a verb. A nominalized sentence is a sentence given a form that lets it occupy the position of a NP, e.g. subject, direct object, object of a preposition. So, yes, subject position is okay. A gerund is not a noun. It's a verb which, like other verbs, can take a direct object (provided ...
No, "what" should never appear in these constructions. But you could use "that". 1) All that I've done is sleep. 2) After all that I've done, I still fail to ... However, it's also fine without.
The only serious constraint on using appropriate whole or partial sentences as subjects of other sentences is comprehension: The longer the embedded "subject" sentence, the harder the combined sentence is for hearers or readers to parse. A sentence such as "I think therefore I am" serves as the starting point of Descartes's epistemology. is easy to ...
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