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"There go the weekend plans" or "There goes the weekend plans"? [closed]

There go the weekend plans or There goes the weekend plans We're talking about plans, which is plural. But what would be the right thing to say and why?
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What is the function of "there" in the structure, "There is/are/..."?

In the following sentence, what are the form and function of the word "there"? There were fifteen cats and an eviction notice on Janet's front porch. My answer was this: Form: adverb of ...
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Is the noun (Nancy) a subject or object in this case?

In the following sentence, I say that (Nancy) is a subject, but the test corrector says it is a direct object. Which one is correct? Here comes Nancy.
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Subject and object in sentence

If I say, Event-one is true only if Event-two is true. In above sentence, which event is subject of the sentence and which event is object of the sentence?
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while + participle without a subject

Bran watched them come from a guard turret atop the outer wall, peering through Maester Luwin’s bronze far-eye while perched on Hodor’s shoulders. Is there perched the participle or the past simple? ...
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What is the subject of the verb 'was' before 'when' in the second clause?

It was at this time of year that people believed the boundary between the worlds of living and dead became blurred, and was when the souls of the dead were said to revisit their homes. (2) Is the ...
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Why did Jobs use "it" instead of "they" in this interview?

I love this Steve Jobs' interview, and would love to understand what he said throughly. https://youtu.be/vkSCLvIaCcI?t=778 In this part, he told how much original members in developing the Macintosh ...
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Can you use "any" with other tenses?

I have looked through many websites and know that when "any" is used as a determiner, it can be used with countable or uncountable nouns. I also read in my textbook that when "any" ...
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Can I repeat the subject in a sentence?

I have the following excerpt in a paragraph Professionals in the pain management field believe PE influences physiological mechanisms and outcomes of pain. They consider they should use PIs to ...
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There used to be many, even more than (there) are today

There used to be many, even more than (there) are today. There were many, even more than (there) are today. Is there optional is both sentences?
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Is there ever an instance where one can omit the subject in English?

In a sentence like: I am an artist, (I) enjoy giving art lessons and I've currently got lots of time on my hands Is the second 'I' necessary?
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What is the reference of these words [closed]

In this sentence: This film helped the other directors made make the films which broke with the bourgeois black film tradition to enter the ghetto and celebrate assertive masculinity and the ...
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Subject and object questions

I am studying the subject and object questions and I saw an example here Asking object - subject questions. "Did" or past form of the verb in Past Simple but I'm not sure it that's correct: ...
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predicate identification

What are the subject and predicate of the following sentence? Is it grammatically correct? If not, how would you fix it? The Castle Fire ignited in August when dry brush sparked by a lightning storm ...
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Difference between did and was/were in the past tense [closed]

I am looking / would like to learn basic difference or understanding when to use did and was/were in the past tense. looking answer with example that will be greatly appreciated from the community. ...
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Where is the subject/object of this quote?

I'm kind of confused at the moment, in this sentence, The students who/that were involved in the march were arrested. Is the students the subject? or perhaps the object? It seems that the relative ...
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subject/object passive voice

Kasim was being pushed along by the crowd In passive voice, what is the subject? I think it is Kasaim as changing Kasim to 'They' for eg changes the verb to 'were'. Am I wrong? Sheena had been hit by ...
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Can a book be an active voice?

Original sentence in a passive voice: In this book, the system for mind training of short exercises was developed. Is this sentence legal? (Can a book develop?) This book developed the system for ...
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How to use the word 'unexpectedly'?

What would be the correct interpretation of the word 'unexpectedly' in a sentence. For example. I spoke to her unexpectedly. My question regarding the above sentence is what is the correct ...
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Where is the subject of this sentence?

Among the less appealing case studies is one about a fungus that is wiping out entire populations of frogs and that can be halted by a rare microbial bacterium. Another is about squid that carry ...
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Is this use of 'whom' correct? [duplicate]

Apologies for the subject matter but, from a recent novel: This was a person I had known for several years, since college, whom I had seen vomit, whose life-changing cover letter I had basically ...
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Omitting the subject of a sentence after 'em dash'(—)

Can we omit the subject of a sentence after 'em dash'(—). If it is possible, then which option of the options below in formal writing is preferable? Examples option 1: These old cars are fixed by ...
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Is there anything omitted before sufficient? [duplicate]

We should be less concerned with students' 'cognitive impatience', however, than by what may underlie it: the potential inability of large numbers of students to read with a level of critical analysis ...
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Would seem versus seem [duplicate]

Is it redundant the use of "would" in the sentence below? The reduction in blood pressure induced by long-term CR would seem to involve positive systemic and cellular adaptations. Can I ...
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What's the subject in this sentence?

"Even tap water should be boiled before drinking." What's the subject and the predicate in this sentence?
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Complete Subject of the sentence

What is the complete subject of the sentence "The good thing about Emotional Equations is that the ideas presented are still as helpful as how self-help books should be"? Also what is the ...
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Agent of passives introduced by "as to"

Page 68 of Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage reads AS TO: used after certain preceding passive clauses, e.g. I am not much troubled as to its outward appearance—G. Gissing, 1903; I am also ...
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subject of "be within striking distance"

Is the subject of "be within striking distance" necessarily an attacker if the phrase is understood literally? Are the following sentences all natural? a. The goat is within striking ...
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...anxieties about us/our having any more downtime

In some cases that a pronoun is a subject which is followed by a verb follows a preposition. Then the subject is changed into possessive determiners. But I read a sentence A. A. On the other there's ...
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"Especially those living in remote areas, might have never been to the capital."

Sentence: Especially those living in remote areas, might have never been to the capital. Question 1: Does this sentence lack a subject? if so, why "those" can't be regarded as a subject? ...
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What is the subject of a sentence with "name, who..."?

Name, who studies medicine, hopes to help a lot of people in the future. If a sentence is like above, is the name or who the subject?
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Can an English sentence exist without the subject?

In the bold sentence below, I can't find the subject, and I think it's not a inverted sentence. I don't know if it's right? Particularly relevant to the present work is the recent paper of Verdun et ...
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One of my family members was or were? [duplicate]

"One of my family members were/was sick last night." In this sentence should I use was or were? Please explain. Which one is subject and why? Please explain with detailed information. I am ...
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Can trying(the v-ing of try)be a subject of the sentence?

We know that "try" as a verb has its noun form "try" that can be the subject of a sentence, but is there any chance that "trying" can also be the subject? For example,&...
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Who is it? What is the subject of this question

Who is it? Imagine there was a knock at the door and you say, "who is it?". What the subject is of this simple sentence? Could someone provide me with a detailed answer? Is "who" ...
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Subject and Predicate in 'The cackling of geese saved Rome.'

In the question In the following sentence separate the subject and the predicate: The cackling of geese saved Rome. I think the sentence is talking about how Rome was saved due to cackling of geese ...
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Not all is? or not all are?

Not all countries _________ to produce high quality product. a) can b) is able c) are able d) been
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Forward or backward subject verb agreement

Which word should 'enable' agree here with. Should it be 'rule'(singular) or 'us'(plural)? Using this rule enables us to do X. Using this rule enable us to do X. Another example where it's reversed -...
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What's the subject in this sentence containing the word "apart"?

Suppose I live with my family in a certain town, and I'm talking to someone who lives in another town which is 10 miles away. If I say: We are 10 miles apart. Does this "we" refer to "...
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Has "it" been omitted here?

Sentence in question: A perfume, whose creator says was inspired by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has gone on sale in Moscow. Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-putin-inspired-...
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What's the subject of each of these sentences?

Her best season as a hitter was 1998. Even the less difficult of the two problems was too hard for Mark. Even the slowest of those workers finished ahead of the people in my group. I think the ...
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"He gets angry when (he is) trying to explain the issue." Why is it okay to remove the "he is" part?

I saw this structure in a few texts, and it made me wonder what is the grammar role of when in this sentence and why the subject and verb (he is) are absent. It doesn't fit any grammar structure that ...
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This kind of error ~. What is a subject? kind or error?

This kind of error, where results are always on one side of the real value, is called “bias. I Wonder which one is a subject: kind or error I think kind is a subject.
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the group set out for Athy having had an enjoyable, interesting and fun weekend

However, on landing all was well and the group set out for Athy having had an enjoyable, interesting and fun weekend. https://www.lexico.com/definition/fun This sentence is an example listed as one ...
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What is the subject of "reducing"? [duplicate]

Others will say we can reduce traffic without damaging the environment. For example, public transportation could be improved, reducing the cars on the roads. What is the subject of "reducing&...
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What is the subject of "helping" in this sentence?

Researchers suspect that early exposure to pets carrying bacteria on their fur may encourage the proper functioning of the immune system, helping it to attack only harmful things. I'm really confused ...
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Which is correct: Betty and he are friends or Betty and him are friends? Please explain. Thank you

Isn't it him is an object pronoun and not subject pronoun. Why do we need to use Betty and him and not Betty and he? Please explain. Thank you.
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I can't grasp a marked part grammatically

This is the part of a conversation between 2 people. I am trying to figure out the sentence structure of B's last reply. A: I do that every day. That’s– [laughs] that’s really become– that’s really ...
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My brother Mike. What's the simple subject?

In the sentence "My brother Mike went to the store" what is the simple subject? Brother or Mike? And what is the identity of the word that is not the simple subject?
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"I come from France"

Is "France" the direct object in the sentence? "I" is doing the verb "come" but is France receiving the verb? The grammar book says that direct object answers who or what ...

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