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Is love the subject here? I don't understand it because of verb to be.

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    Yes -- this is the noun love, not the verb. – StoneyB on hiatus Sep 15 '17 at 15:56
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Yes it is. Love is the subject: the same when you say "give love" or "all you need is love". Many feelings have this double quality of being an abstract thing and the action of expressing the feeling.

  • if you wanna verbed it you can youst say "to love is great" (it mean expressing your love to a target is great) or "being love is great" (the oposite) etc. – Ernesto Iglesias Sep 15 '17 at 16:00
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    +1 For the Answer; your Comment is to my mind dubious: to love is not the same thing as the noun love, and I think you mean being loved, not being love. – StoneyB on hiatus Sep 15 '17 at 16:41
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    If you say "give love" (which I've never heard used on its own but perhaps you mean "give love" as in "give my love to Jane" or "she gave him lots of love") then "love" is an object, not a subject. Perhaps you weren't using the word "suject" in its grammatical sense, but there's potential for confusion here. – rjpond Sep 15 '17 at 18:12
  • Yes, you are right: it would be being loved, sorry – Ernesto Iglesias Sep 19 '17 at 20:57
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The simple answer to your question is, "yes."

In any simple "to be" sentence, the subject is always to the left of "to be."

I will go. (subject: I)

You are wonderful! (subject: you)

That is amazing! (subject: that)

It was over there. (subject: it)

Only when you get to more complex sentences will you find the subject to the right. Questions are good examples:

How is that possible? (subject: that)

Where has the time gone? (subject: time)

Who was that man? (subject: man)

  • Or if you speak Yoda. "Surprised you are." Or more seriously, poetry and song lyrics often vary word order. For example, there's a song titled, "Great is Our God". The subject is "God". – Jay Sep 15 '17 at 17:39
  • @Jay, you're correct. Poetic English is, in fact, entirely grammatically correct. However, Yoda's statment conforms to my answer. The subject is to the left ("you"). It's different in that the predicate is to the left, too. Good catch! Thanks! – JBH Sep 15 '17 at 19:18
  • Good point: The subject is still left of the verb. I was, of course, thinking not left of the predicate adjective. – Jay Sep 15 '17 at 20:35

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