The subject and the verb of a sentence are its power players. Identifying the subject (and choosing to use as specific a subject as possible) will greatly aid your writing.
What is a sentence subject? Sentence subjects are usually nouns or pronouns, but sometimes other parts of speech acting as nouns. You can find sentence subjects by asking who or what is doing the action, hence the actor.
While nouns and pronouns often serve as the subject, other types of words sometimes do instead. Some examples:
- Gerund (verb ending in "ing") as subject: Traveling catalyzes new thoughts.
- Adverb as subject: "Happily" is an adverb.
- Adjective then a pronoun as sentence subjects: Beauty is truly soul deep; it stems from the soul.
PRO TIP: Proper placement of the subject in the sentence is one key to revising passive voice to active voice. Learn more on that here.
- Short video (4:43) with exercises also linked on page: "Subjects and Predicates," Khan Academy
- Exercises: "Identifying subject, direct object, and indirect object," Khan Academy
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