Amy Williams said."Just because you're sick doesn't mean you can't do things".

What does this sentence mean? I mean I couldn't understand what the subject is in this sentence. Would it be the same if it is said ;

Amy Williams said." IT doesn't mean you can't do things Just because you're sick''

  • The first period should be a comma. The entire sentence is "Amy said X" so Amy is the subject. The subject of the quote is the clause "Just because you're sick"; The meaning is the same in your rephrase. The subject is it.
    – user105719
    Feb 12, 2020 at 10:59
  • @user105719 Brilliant - please copy and paste it into Answer Feb 12, 2020 at 11:09

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Just because you're sick doesn't mean you can't do things

The reporting clause "Amy Williams said" put aside, the construction "just because X doesn't mean Y" is very common and in a sentence, its first part--just because X--is a clause acting as the subject.


Amy Williams said, 'Just because you're sick doesn't mean you can't do things'.

"Amy Williams" is the subject.

Note that the reported speech "Just because ..... " is complement of "said" and has the form of a clause, but the construction involves the embedding of a text, not of a clause as such.


Amy Williams is the subject of the sentence since the sentence is about what she said or is doing.

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