In my company, in some documents, "subject" is used in the same meaning as "mentioned".

The following is an example of how it is used in my company:

"Subject change is applicable to them (specific automotive models)."

I looked up the meaning of "subject" as adjective but I didn't see any definition saying "subject" means "mentioned".

Can I use "subject" instead of "this" and "mentioned" in the sentences below:

  • This modification affects certain car models.

  • Mentioned modification affects certain car models.

  • Subject modification affects certain car models.

Or, can I use subject to refer to things that I mentioned or will mention about?

  • But in my company, in some documents, "subject" is used in the same meaning as "mentioned". Can you provide an example sentence? Better if it is a sentence actually written in your office document.
    – AIQ
    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:35
  • @AIQ I add an example sentence to question, which is "Subject change is applicable to them(specific automotive models).", written in the documents. Oct 2, 2019 at 8:40
  • Your first option - "This modification" - is easy to understand. The second option is poor english; it would need to be "The modification mentioned affects certain car models". The third option does not make much sense on its own.
    – TechnoCat
    Oct 2, 2019 at 10:56
  • @TechnoCat Can we use "subject" as attributive noun instead of "this"? Oct 2, 2019 at 11:25
  • @over_twenty_five - As it stands, and with no further information, the sentence beginning with "Subject" makes no sense at all to me. Subject modification" would normally be capable of being rephrased as "Modification of the subject". But university courses have subjects ... not cars! It's possible that there is some missing contextual information (e.g. the preceding sentence) that helps a reader of the manual understand it, or maybe the term "subject" is used in a technical sense understood by staff of the company. However, on its own, the answer to your question is "no". "
    – TechnoCat
    Oct 2, 2019 at 12:13


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