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For questions about determining the subject of a sentence or clause

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Is it correct to use “am” in a sentence without “I”?

I am noticing the trend of people using to be (am) without the subject (I). For example: Guys, am deciding to move away from Photoshop. Can you advise other apps as alternative? Is this ...
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why we used plural verb with singular subject in the following sentence?

1.He does not want to tell a lie. he is a singular subject but we used want instead of wants why ? 2.Does he write a letter? Here he is also singular and we used write instead of writes please explain
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Marking the functions of a sentence: 'She may like it'

I am reading Cambridge Grammar of English Language (CaGEL) all over again, though not cover to cover. One page no. 215, I came across The major functions in the structure of the clause are the ...
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subject placeholder - It is reported that, It appears that [duplicate]

Is "it" a subject placeholder in the sentences below? It is reported that one ancient Greek athlete ate dried figs to enhance training. It appears unlikely that interest rates will fall.
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Omission of subject — Can we omit 'it' (subjective) in any cases? [duplicate]

Following are a few examples; (It) Looks like you didn't study much for the test. (It) Seems like I'm the third wheel here. Are the above omissions valid either formally or informally? How so?
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Subject-dependent inversion

In front of him opens a magnificent view on mountains. Is such a subject-dependent inversion possible? Or should I use there opens a magnificent view on mountains in front of him?
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infinitive clause and subject

1.He invented a business plan which companies can employ (to earn profits.) I bracketed the part which I think is the purpose adjunct, the understood subject of the infinitive is companies, right? ...
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actor of the infinitive clause

Identifying whether the infinitive clause is a purpose or a catenative complement helps me understand what the understood subject is. (I hope the interpretation below is correct) He wrote the book ...
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Which is the subject of this sentence?

I want to know, how to identify subject and predicate of such long sentence? Talking about our old family holidays has made me feel all nostalgic.
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Say I OR Say me

I was encouraging my students to speak English. I was asking a question: Who wants to sing a song? Say I. Another teacher stopped me, "You should've say; Say me." Which one is correct?
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Understood subject

He realized the importance of changing organizations to accommodate individuals. In this sentence , what is the understood subject of the gerund-verb changing, is it unknown ? Secondly, what is the ...
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Story telling: me and SHE (or) me and HER?

Usage (1) Me - "You're beautiful." She - "Thank you. You're so kind." Usage (2) Me - "You're beautiful." Her - "Thank you. You're so kind." Which one is correct please?
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“A handful of soldiers is/are always better than a mouthful of arguments.” — which verb fits here?

Which verb to use, 'is' or 'are', in the following case? A handful of soldiers is/are always better than a mouthful of arguments. The original sentence, that I've got uses 'is'; I wonder why, ...
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a glass of milk , two glasses of milk which one takes singular verb and which one plural?

milk is uncountable but when uncountable nouns is placed in a countable container then it becomes countable . So , when i use a glass of milk it becomes countable but either it is singular or not ...
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“Which is the …” or “Which the … is”?

I don't know which is the language. Or I don't know which the language is. Note that this is, of course, a positive sentence and not a question.
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What kind of sentence structure is , “Would that be, If i were a rich man ! ”

What kind of sentence structure is , "Would that be, If I were a rich man ! " Isn't it incorrect English? What kind of sentence is it, that is deemed valid to begin with, Would that be AND why not ...
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Is “Is there to meet you tomorrow possible” possible?

Can you please tell me which sentence is the best choice in terms of grammar. I presume that the third sentence is impossible but I am not able to find out the reason 1. Is it possible to meet you ...
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What does “years of [someone]” mean and how can it be used?

Years of him swearing that he would never end up like his father and he was beginning to become more like him little by little. In the sentence above, is "years of him" the subject? Then, can I use ...
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What is the subject of “to find” in this sentence?

I can't figure out the subject of "to find" in this sentence from a book. It appears to me it should connect with Each habit demands appropriate conditions, making appropriate conditions its subject. ...
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sentence structure analysis

Of all these things Republican leaders made full and vigorous use, sometimes ascribing to the party, in accordance with ancient political usage, merits and achievements not wholly its own. From ...
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'used' vs 'can be used'

it can be used not only at the task, process of an organization but also used to achieve better vertical and/or horizontal integration among the all different levels. VS it can be used not only at ...
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1 Why can't “who played the mini-golf were the guests” be used to emphasize? 2 When no emphasis, it's grammatical, isn't it?

Oxford Guide to English Grammar; John Eastwood; Oxford University Press 1994-09 Page 63 b Look at these examples. A technical fault caused the delay. The guests played mini-golf after ...
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When is inversion between the subject and the object or the subject and the complement possible?

When is inversion between the subject and the object or the subject and the complement possible? For instance: I stood at the window watching the kids play. <---> At the window watching the ...
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Why is an infinitival clause called a clause even if it has no subject?

Usually as how i understand is that a clause is defined as a group of words with a subject & a predicate yet doesn't make complete sense (like a sentence). And a phrase is a group of words with ...
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Can I explain a process of something in sentences without using “I”?

I am creating a portfolio of design works, which illustrates how each project is made from start to finish. On each project's pages, there are graphic to guide people to read from left to right with a ...
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What does the pronoun “they” refer to in this sentence “in how many ways can they select the host for these championships”

I am reading a textbook on statistics. There is confusion about a paragraph in an exercise. If the NCAA has applications from six universities for hosting its intercollegiate tennis championships ...
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Does “in the state/condition” always need the subject and verb?

The system monitors whether your PC is in a dangerous state where any unknown programs are running on it, and sounds an alert when detecting that your PC is in the state. I would like to know ...
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How does one find the subject in a sentence with more than one verb?

For example, in the sentence “Let me help you” there are two verbs, let and help. Me is an objective pronoun, so that would sound as though it can’t be the subject. But you doesn’t seem to be the ...
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“With Maria we/I solved the problems”

Assume the following: There were problems and Maria and I solved them together. The most straight forward way of telling someone about what happened would be something like: Maria and I solved the ...
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What's the grammar of “Me, Benjamin Clawhauser, … stereotyping you”?

"Zootopia" around 00:14:04/01:48:32 Benjamin Clawhauser: O.M. Goodness... They really did hire a bunny. [Laughs] What!? I gotta tell you, you are even cuter than I thought you'd be! Judy Hopps:...
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Sentence Modifiers are part of complete subjects or complete predicates?

A sentence is made of two parts:[complete] subject and [complete] predicate. I would like to confirm that sentence modifiers are part of the predicate? What confused me was that sentence modifiers ...
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Question on active and passive voice

WE can correct the below sentence by adding "was" before assigned verb A new textbook focused on recent advances in artificial intelligence assigned by our instructor. But why do we want to ...
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Relative clause & “whose”

That is the guy whose car is broken. That is the guy whose car I rented. What is the function of "whose" in both of above sentences. Is it subject or object, or something else of the relative ...
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should we put a comma before “and” when it a complete clause as well as item of a list

Please explain why A is correct, and B is incorrect? I am having a lot of confusion with this sentence. First, "please" is an adverb, so let's ignore it; then, we have a verb "explain", but I can't ...
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Composite subject

"We fellows will also get dressed for dinner." What kind of function does the word "fellows" bear in the sentence above ?
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the rich man allocated funds

Is there anything semantically odd about the following sentence? I'm particularly interested in the compatibility between the subject the rich man and the predicate allocated funds to the charity. ...
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Compound subject or not

I guess this is too much for one subject. The image of a barbaric mother who commits infanticide to conceal giving birth to a bastard child avoiding stigmatization or legal punishment is reflected ...
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What is the subject for the sentence “kind of”?

The sentence here Kind of makes me wish that I had parents who would arrange a marriage for me if my love life fails. - discussion about marriage in india makes here is predicate verb, Is Kind of,...
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Sentence subject

I would like to ask a question about the following sentence, please: My favorite place is Disneyland. What is the subject of this sentence. Thank you
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what are the subjects of these sentences? [closed]

Another important problem facing us is pollution. Both of the suggestions which were made by him should be discussed. Neither of the proposed plans is likely to work. Much thought was given to ...
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Subject Verb Agreement: Singular and plural

Singular must go with singular and vice versa for plural. However, Grammarly mentioned one sentence as correct and other as incorrect. Please check the below two sentences. I usually post questions ...
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Who's the subject of this sentence?

Here is an excerpt from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. What is the subject of the sentence marked in bold? "We need to find her," said Dumbledore. "Professor Mcgonagall, please go to Mr....
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What is monkey's in this simple sentence clause?

If a clause is one subject, one verb; (SV.) and there is one clause in this sentence; then what part of speech is "monkeys"? It seems to me it would be another subject. Mr. Potato Head eats ...
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Use subject in every sentence

In this phrase, is necessary the use of "I" twice? I can do it by myself and I believe that will be no problem Could be: I can do it by myself and believe that will be no problem It looks like ...
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Grammar - is or are based on technical document

In the following sentence, I am unsure as to whether the fact the invention (singular) is made up of claims (plural) makes the subject singular or plural and therefore requires is or are. If one of ...
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Who is the subject of this sentence?

(sentence 1) He saw me happy swimming. (sentence 2) You see me happy working with me. Without any context, who is the subject of the sentences above? In sentence 1, Who is the subject ...
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Please help me identify the subject and predicate in this sentence [closed]

On the top of the hill lives a hermit. Please explain as well.
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Should I specify who is doing the action when I use “it” as dummy subject?

Should I specify who is doing the action when I use "it" as dummy subject? For instance: It would be interesting to tell us about ... Is this okay?
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is there subject in this sentence?

"kindly share how you felt when you heard an announcement that a bus, plane or train you’ve been waiting for will be delayed." Is there a subject in this sentence? thank you.
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subject “of” or subject “on”

If you were to indicate that a subject belongs to a specific field (say, physics), would you say "the subject on physics" or "the subject of physics"? I found a similar question as to whether "the ...