My favorite place is Disneyland.

What is the subject of this sentence?

  • A subject normally precedes the verb, so what do you think the subject here is? – BillJ Feb 27 '18 at 9:24

"My favourite place" is the subject in your sentence.

The subject of a sentence performs the verb's "action", and in this example, the verb is "is" (a form of to be).

My favorite place is Disneyland.


  • Dogs like bones.
  • Mark's dog likes bones.

In the first example, "dogs" are the subject; in the second it is more specific - "Mark's dog" is the subject. For the same reason, in your sentence, the subject is specifically "my favourite place", rather than just "place", which on its own does not mean anything because it is not specific enough.

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My favourite place is Disneyland

In the sentence my favourite place is subject and Disneyland is the subject complement used predicatively.

We can reverse the subject complement as subject and say without much difference in meaning.

Disneyland is my favourite place

Here Disneyland is the subject and my favourite place is the noun phrase used predicatively.

Both the sentences are in the active voice and they can not be passivized because the verb is is an intransitive verb.

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In your sentence, the subject is place.

This question is answered by the details that were provided. The subject and predicate differ in the below two sentences because a different noun is the subject in each instance.

My favorite place is Disneyland - passive voice: place is the subject

Disneyland is my favorite place - active voice: Disneyland is the subject

The sentences say the same thing. The only difference is the first sentence conveys the message directly while the second version conveys it more indirectly.

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  • Sorry, but you've got that wrong. The subject in "My favorite place is Disneyland" is the full NP "my favourite place". And both examples are active voice. Passive clauses are formed from active clauses with a transitive verb. But "be" is always intransitive, so it cannot be used to form passive clauses. – BillJ Feb 28 '18 at 8:13
  • Place is usually called "the simple subject". – Ben Kovitz Nov 7 '19 at 16:27

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