1. Mercy on us.

2. Thank you, my dear friend.

What are the subject and predicate in these two sentences?

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    What do you think the subjects and predicates are? – BillJ Jan 10 '18 at 7:53
  • Subject is a word or a group of words denoting a person or a thing spoken about in a sentence. And predicate is which says something about subject. BillJ – Md Asaduzzaman Jan 10 '18 at 8:45
  • It might be considered that, linguistically, words are missing from each of the above. 'May mercy be toward us' and 'May thanks be unto you' perhaps add the invisible words. – Nigel J Jan 10 '18 at 16:08
  • @MdAsaduzzaman: Alas, those are not definitions of grammatical subject and predicate, as you have found, since they don't give you any good tests to use. All the words in a sentence are "spoken about", and they all "say something about subject". In fact, neither (1) nor (2) is a sentence, in ordinary use, and therefore there are no subjects or predicates, any more than there are with Hello or Hell!. – John Lawler Jan 10 '18 at 17:06
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I would say there's an understood, "[God] have mercy on us" in the first sentence, making the subject "God" and the predicate "have mercy." In the second, there would be an understood, "[I] thank you," leaving us with "I" as the subject and "thank" as the predicate.

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