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Questions about determining the subject of a sentence or clause

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When can I omit the subject?

Can I omit the subject if it has been mentioned in a preceding sentence? For example, is the phrase inside the parentheses necessary in the below?: The sculpture A exhibits degradation at a ...
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Subject and Verb Agreement - When to use Singular / Plural [duplicate]

I see below suggestion in Grammarly on Subject and Verb Agreement. "The verb needs does not seem to agree with the subject that. Consider changing the verb form." And they give below examples on ...
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I want to know the grammatical structure of a sentence

What is the grammatical structure of this sentence? Please share salary slip of below mentioned ex-employee.
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“Sitting next to him is a person with beard.” [closed]

"Sitting next to John is a person with a beard." Hello! I am a Hongkonger and I am interested in English. I have a few questions to ask. Can anyone help? Is the sentence above grammatically correct? ...
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Is “The Dad is fishing” acceptable?

Is there something wrong with this sentence? The Dad is fishing. In my opinion. It sounds wrong using Dad as the subject. This is the context: A student was given the task to make a declarative ...
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What is the structure in the sentence: “The reason scientists believe that…”

I have this sentence from one of my IELTS books: One of the reasons scientists think that there is a link between stress and cancer is the idea that there may be a cancer-prone personality At ...
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can we omit the subject while talking?

ı have read a book and heard of it a lot.someone is talking and says"could not sleep last night" or "just preparing" sentences like that can we always do this or just only while speaking
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How does one find the subject in a sentence with more than one verb? [migrated]

For example, in the sentence “Let me help you” there are two verbs, let and help. Me is an objective pronoun, so that would sound as though it can’t be the subject. But you doesn’t seem to be the ...
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These furniture pieces are made the way they used to vs. These furniture pieces are made the way they WERE used to

I'm trying to convey how furniture in this example is being made in a way similar to the past. It feels like my current phrasing has an error in it some way. Which is more correct, or is there a ...
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Dependent or Independent clause?

Is "The way people write has changed" an independent clause or dependent clause? In any case please explain in detail. What is the subject, verb and object if there is or if there isn't. Thanks in ...
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Is “The thinking of humanity needs oil to survive is completely wrong” a correct senetence?

I am practicing for the IELTS test and end up freezing at the moment wondering whether the above structure correct: "The thinking of.." followed by a full statement as the subject and then "...is ...
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Order of subject and object in sentence

Why is: "I and Daniel are talking him to the park" wrong, but "Daniel and I are talking him to the park" isn't. I and Daniel no matter what order are both subjects and him object, so why ...
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Does the 'object' change when you add a noun to show who the action is done for?

In the sentence I buy a cake, cake is the direct object of the transitive verb buy. If I write instead I buy him a cake, is cake still the object, or is him now the object of a new verb buy with a ...
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Combining sentences of diverse subjects, good, bad, or wrong?

I heard the sentence below from a fellow who is pretty good at English (but might yet make mistakes): I’m comfortable to call me by my name. With the intention of saying: I'm comfortable that/if ...
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Is a term like micromanagement or micromanaging used with a singular/plural verb?

Micromanaging usually excessively emphasises or emphasise? Would micromanagement affect the singular/plural aspect?
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That these skills are transferable (which/that/and) makes them especially beneficial [closed]

Why would "which","that", and "and" be omitted in the following sentence: That these skills are transferable across professions (which/that/and) makes them especially beneficial to twenty-first ...
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Concord between multiple subjects and predicate [duplicate]

What is correct? The girls and the cow was eating potatoes The girls and the cow were eating potatoes Lars
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Can anyone help me to understand if the following sentence requires 'who' or 'whom'? [duplicate]

I am writing a story and would like to know which one is correct: a) "...and it was impossible to know who was sheltering whom." b) "...and it was impossible to know who was sheltering who." I ...
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“Designs and artistic valour (are/is) something that (run/runs) in his blood.” [closed]

Designs and artistic valour are something that run in his blood. Designs and artistic valour is something that **runs* in his blood. Which sentence is correct?
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A case on verbs with plural/singular subject [duplicate]

In the following, I believe the first sentence is the correct one as the verb must follow the subject, which is 'A critical aspect' (thought 'nerdy creatures' is plural) Please let me know if I am ...
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“At [company], we” instead of just “[company]”

This could be a confirmation bias on my part, but I think companies often try to avoid using their names as subjects, at least in PR and marketing materials. For example, I often see something like “...
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How do subjective and objective pronoun work and which is correct in the mentioned example below?

The one who works hard, is I. The one who works hard, is me I was taught in a school 'It's I' correct in proper English not' It's me' so, I think of the above example that both will be correct ...
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When does a prepositional phrase modify a subject vs a linking verb?

The bold words are the words being modified by the prepositional phrase. According to englishgrammar101.com: The crystal glassware is from Carlsbad. (Is this a subject complement?) Jessie's new ...
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What does “their” refer to in this sentence?

I'm having a hard time with this sentence: Professional bodies will monitor, and if necessary, discipline members who do not adhere to their ethical principles. Does 'their' refer to the members ...
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What is the predicate in “Is he happy?”

In most theories of grammar, sentences can be broken into smaller chunks called phrases and these phrases can be broken into smaller chunks, smaller phrases still. So in the sentence: He is happy. ...
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Can you imagine Dad and I putting up with this? [duplicate]

In the questions "Can you imagine Dad and I putting up with this?" is the subject pronoun 'I' correct, or should it be 'me?'
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singular or plural subject verb agreement help! [duplicate]

should i say Sara and Jim claim OR Sara and Jim claims
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“The soil is too arid to plant seeds.” Is “to plant seeds” correct here?

I feel something's wrong with the part "to plant seeds", whose logical subject should be a person. I wonder if the sentence is right or how to correct it the other way around.
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What is the subject?

We can't figure out what is the correct subject for this sentence. Please help! Sentence: >1/29 people in the USA is an illegal immigrant View #1: One, out of 29 people, in the USA is an illegal ...
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Why is this clause not a subject complement?

I'm following Greenbaum and Nelson's Introduction to Grammar. 'For all its weaknesses the labyrinthine committee structure provides a useful function in disseminating information' is presented ...
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Can subject and verb come after the rest of the sentence? [duplicate]

At times, during commentary, commentators speak sentences like "Playing well, Victor is", "A great player, Steven was".
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Subject in “ Few and short were the prayers that we said ” [duplicate]

What can be the subject in Few and short were the prayers that we said. Here "that we said" seems to be working like an adjective clause modifying the "prayers". So is the word "prayers" the ...
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Can tomorrow be the subject of a sentence with a past tense verb?

Tomorrow was the annual harvest fair -- the biggest event of the year.
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Just me, a schizophrenic and a petty arsonist [duplicate]

Just me, a schizophrenic and a petty arsonist. How many people are there in the above sentence? Is it ambiguous?
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Relocate to vs. or Relocate into

I'd like to get advise on this! Ireland intends to relocate 3,205 refugees to their territory. OR Ireland intends to relocates 920 refugees into their territory.
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Spain and United Kingdom's … Response or Responses?

I'm not quite sure which would be right. (i) A comparative study of Spain and United Kingdom's Response to EU Mechanism (ii) A comparative study of Spain and United Kingdom's Responses to EU ...
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Subject-verb agreement: Mean or means?

I saw this image in stack overflow and I was confused what is the subject and does the verb(means) agree with it? What is correct? mean or means?
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'As can be seen …' <— Can English have a tensed clause without a Subject?

Considering the rule that every finite clause in English must always have a subject, I was wondering what the subject of the first clause in this sentence is: As can be seen from the figures, the ...
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Can a sentence have multiple predicates?

I was doing an exercise from my grammar book where one has to identify the subject and the predicate when I stumbled across the following sentence. A barking sound the shepherd hears. Now I know ...
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Are there errors related to grammatical number in this sentence from an English textbook?

Children always appreciate small gifts of money. Mum or dad, of course, provide a regular supply of pocket money, but uncles and aunts are always a source of extra income. This is a sentence from "...
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“Key to the relationship are … not just X, Y & Z, but also…”: Why does this sentence use “are” instead of “is”?

In this sentence, why is "are" used instead of "is"? I think "key to the relationship" should be followed by "is" because the word "Key" is acting as a singular subject. But in the image it is "are". ...
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“Tools are a sound investment that result in…” or “…that results in…”?

If I am using the sentence, "Tools are a sound investment that result(s) in significant gains in productivity.", do I use result or results? I'm unsure if the verb "result(s)" is acting on the noun "...
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Is it possible to use an object pronoun (them) in the place of a subject pronoun (they)? [duplicate]

I have seen an episode of Mindhunter S1:E9, in on the scenes there is a sentence that has driven my attention: A: "I'm not like them" B: "No?" A: "Them f*ckers are crazy." Is it possible to use an ...
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What are the subject and predicate in the following sentences? [closed]

1. Mercy on us. 2. Thank you, my dear friend. What are the subject and predicate in these two sentences?
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Verbs that can make an entity either a subject or object [closed]

Lets say we have a hand. It crushes something. I now say, when referencing the action the hand just made, "The crushing of the hand" By this, I mean the hand's crushing, the crushing done by the ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct, use of comma before they and use of pronoun? [closed]

"The best footballers, the best musicians, they all start early." Is this sentence okay? Or is there a way I should rephrase it to make it grammatically correct?
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Find the subject of the clause 'want both of gaiety and quickness of perception'

It is possible that a greater refinement of manners may give birth to finer distinctions of satire and a nicer tact for the ridiculous; but our insular situation and character are, I should say, most ...
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“One of the features that emerge” or “One of the features that emerges” [duplicate]

"One of the features that emerge" or "One of the features that emerges" Is 'one feature' the subject, therefore it emerges, or are 'features' the subject and they therefore 'emerge' ? I keep ...
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Which subject does the verb represent?

I am reading geography book and I get confused when there are two subjects and one verb in a sentence and I can't figure out for which subject is the verb being used. For eg. The hypothesis ...
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using question word regarding subjects in the verb “mean” [closed]

Is it correct to say the following: "What means gol (a Farsi word) in English? Flower means gol in English." Can you bring an example of asking question about the subject of the verb "mean"? Thanks