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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 ...


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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.


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Your examples don't look proper. Here are my suggestions: All I have done is sleep. What I have done is sleep.


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The subject is the term to the left of the copula; the term to its right is the subject complement. Thus “All you need” is the subject of the sentence; what you need — a good pair of glasses — is the subject complement. When there is a difference in number between subject and predicate, the verb agrees with the term to the left of the copula. This is ...


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The subject is you. We can simplify this sentence for easier understanding like so: You need a good pair of glasses. In this sentence, the verb is need. Hopefully this is already apparent. Next, to identify the subject you need to ask, "Who/what is needing something?" The answer is you. You need glasses. Now for the object, "What is needed?" The ...


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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 ...


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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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In addition to Peter Shor's sensible suggestion (in a comment above) to recast the sentence as The lady spent a few seconds at the coach gently patting the two chocobos, a popular species of avian bred throughout the country. you have the option of moving "at the coach" even farther forward in the sentence: At the coach, the lady spent a few ...



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