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Questions about determining the subject of a sentence or clause

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Is it grammatically correct to use, Reason why i could vs reason why i am able [on hold]

Guys could you tell me are these sentence grammatically correct He is the reason why i could afford this car. He is the reason why i am able to afford this car. Are these sentence grammatically ...
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Are there restrictions to what can serve as a subject to “need?”

Basically, I wonder if there are restrictions on what can serve as a subject to the verb need. The sentence that started this comes from a recent EL&U question: Successfully doing this needs a ...
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with/without + possessive/accusative + V-ing

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 461) has this section: (f) Subject of clausal complement of with/without Pronouns in this position normally appear in accusative case: [...
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Can you use word 'these' as a subject of a sentence that directly followed by a verb?

Today we came across a sentence that goes like this: Many physical objects constitute the IoT. These send data, share information and/or remotely control and manage a device or process. My ...
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I don't know there is needed subject [duplicate]

Recently, I read on the reddit sentence: "Grinned from ear to ear when I heard it". I would like to ask why there is no subject at the beginning of "I". Is this something acceptable, is it normal for ...
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What is the subject in the given sentence?

It's not easy to do the right thing. What is the subject in the given sentence? I don't think it's obvious in this sentence. I was taught that subject is something, that performs the verb. But I don'...
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Subject agreement is / are [closed]

Which one is correct? 1- The first five questions of interview are related to .... 2- The first five questions of interview is related to ...
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Which pronoun should be used after the word ‘like’? [closed]

For example, which of the following is considered correct?: Don't be like him Don't be like he is There are other examples I can't think of right now where people use him instead of ...
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Isn't it: You look like “<object>”? [duplicate]

The Starbucks Rewards program has this tagline: You look like you'd love a free drink. Is this grammatical? I couldn't quite understand how the clause "you'd love a free drink" act like an object....
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Subject in “Over there is where I'll be.”

Here's a conversation between a receptionist of a hotel and a man wanting to meet a girl living in the hotel: Man: Is she in? Receptionist: Just missed her, actually, but you're welcome to ...
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Stranding “of” in subjects - Possible or impossible?

Observation Take a subject that contains an of-phrase (friend of X, president of X, writer of X etc.). Now try to question the element X after of by fronting the corresponding wh-phrase. Often this ...
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Clarity in sentence usage regarding subject and predicate

Allen's friend bought a bag for his girlfriend on her birthday. The next time he meets her, she has the same bag with her. He compliments the bag and asks her, "where did you buy the bag from?" ...
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I don't understand the explanation to the answer of this practice composition question. Can someone advise

Explanation: "Each" is a singular subject. The possessive noun "pageant's" as well as the following pronoun should also be singular. Question:("All of this requires hard work, determination, and ...
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Where is the subject in a sentence that starts with a prepositional phrase

Where is the subject in a sentence that starts with a prepositional phrase. For example the preposition phrase beginning with after below: After breakfast the boys wandered out to the garden. Is ...
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Should a comma come before 'you' in this sentence?

I'm wondering whether a comma should precede the pronoun 'you' in the sentence examples below: That's not how the computer works, you fool. Thanks for the assignment tips, you saviour. Whenever I ...
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On the Use of “nothing”

the statement 'nothing can be known' seems straightforward, right? 'nothing' is the subject, in which case the statement can be taken to mean that not a single thing can be known. and yet, is there ...
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A term for an ending that makes a subject from a verb?

I was looking up "wallah" and the OED said "from the Hindi suffix -vālā ‘doer’" and I was wondering if there was a term for suffixes like this. I suspect the answer is really trivial More English ...
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Is “average age” singular subject or plural?

"The average age at which people died of heart disease are decreasing." Can I use "is" in place of "are" ?
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New Yorker “Who”/“Whom”

Has The New Yorker changed its "who"/"whom" policy? Recently, I noticed--for the first time in fifteen years of more or less consistent readership---two occasions I considered non-standard, both from ...
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English Subject-auxiliary inversion

In normal declarative English sentences, let's call them 'canonical' sentences, the verb comes after the subject. Bob is walking the Great Wall of China. Bob likes elephants. But in other types of ...
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Subject verb agreement when “one of” used

Are these two sentences correct? One of the employees who is worker at KP is here. One of the employees who are workers at KP is here. What is the context of who in both the sentences?
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Multiple relative clauses within subject?

I'm wondering what is the actual subject in this sentence: "One of the countries she has visited that I have not is Canada." To me, everything up until 'is' seems like the subject, but I can't find ...
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Is the signature of a letter a subject or an object?

I want to sign a letter jokingly not by name, but by a personal pronoun. Is the signature a subject or an object? I feel like using object pronoun (me) sounds better, but why? The signature looks more ...
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Is it “George and I” or “George and me”? [duplicate]

Recently, at McCain's funeral Obama said: "After all, what better way to have the last laugh than to make George and I say nice things about him to a national audience." Is it "George and I" or "...
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If someone pleads guilty to a crime, can they be described as “convicted”?

If someone pleads guilty to a crime, can I then describe them as being "convicted"? I recognise that a person who pleads guilty to a crime will have a conviction on their record. The confusion ...
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Subject-matter of x, subject of x, object of x

Please help me understand the difference in meaning an nuance between the following phrases: Subject-matter of x (e.g. subject-matter of a book) Subject of x (e.g. subject of a discussion) Object of ...
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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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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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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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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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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".