"Which students in the class are allowed to go to the party will be decided by the teacher."

I am not sure whether the sentence "Which students in the class are allowed to go to the party" can be the subject of the entire sentence.

Could you please explain why this expression may be wrong?

  • It sure can be a subject. A noun phrase can literally be of any length. – Robusto Dec 30 '16 at 2:24
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    Also note: "Which students in the class are allowed to go to the party" is not a sentence there. It could be a sentence if framed as a question, but the way you have it it's merely a sentence fragment. – Robusto Dec 30 '16 at 2:42

The painter selects which color to use.

Which color to use is selected by the painter.

The chef decides how to cook the food.

How to cook the food is decided by the chef.

The traffic cop decides when to let traffic through.

When to let traffic through is decided by the traffic cop.

The doctor explained why it is important to take the medicine.

Why it is important to take the medicine was explained by the doctor.

The coach determines who will play.

Who will play is determined by the coach.

The speech writer decided what to say.

What to say was decided by the speech writer.

The foreman decided where the men would work.

Where the men would work was decided by the foreman.

The portfolio manager decides whether to buy or to sell.

Whether to buy or to sell is decided by the portfolio manager.

The tour guide decides which site to visit.

Which site to visit is decided by the tour guide.

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  • Thank you for many examples that are very helpful to me ! – rama9 Dec 30 '16 at 6:03

"Which students in the class are allowed to go to the party" is a clause, not a sentence. Clauses can technically be the subject collectively, but what I would call the real subject is "students," because the rest of the clause is not essential to the while sentence making sense.

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    It is actually a noun phrase with a meaning similar to "those students who are are allowed to go...". – BillJ Dec 30 '16 at 10:30

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