Hello readers! In English Grammar, a Sentence is defined as a meaningful group of words with a proper subject and predicate. In this article, let us talk about the ‘Subject of a Sentence’ and also how to identify it. There is an exercise for practice at the end.
The subject of a Sentence
Every sentence in English has two parts
- Subject to speak about
- Predicate something about the subject
The subject is the part of the sentence that names the person/thing that we are speaking about (don’t’ confuse it with the definition of Noun)
Consider the following examples:
- Here comes the train.
- Tom is a good boy
In this first Sentence, we are talking about the train and in the second sentence, we are talking about Tom. Hence the subjects are The train and Tom respectively. We shall talk about the Predicate in another article.
- Sometimes the Subject may be left out. They are called ‘Imperative Sentences’.
- Stand up on the bench.
- Close the door.
Here, the Subject is ‘You’ and is understood but not actually written in the sentence.
Tip: The subject is not always the first word of the sentence.
Let us identify the subject in the following:
- The boy stood on the plinth. | Answer ____________
- Washington DC is the capital of the USA. | Answer ____________
- The singing of the bird delights us. | Answer ____________
- Rome was not built in a day. | Answer ____________
- Empty vessels make much noise. | Answer ____________
- The barking dogs ran away as soon as he arrived. | Answer ____________
- Bad habits grow unconsciously. | Answer ____________
- He has a bad memory. | Answer ____________
- The beautiful rainbow soon faded away. | Answer ____________
- Nature is the best doctor. | Answer ____________
Check your Answers:
- The boy
- Washington DC
- The singing of the bird
- Empty Vessels
- The barking dogs
- Bad Habits
- The beautiful rainbow
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