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Can we omit the subject and object at the same time?

Can we omit the subject and object at the same time? example: Although he is hurt by her, he still loves her. (nothing omitted) Although hurt by her, he still loves her. (subject omitted only) ...
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What is the subject in a sentence where "the person or thing we are talking about" doesn't come before the verb, like "We cannot pump the ocean dry"?

I am not able to understand what is the subject in the sentences below. Stone walls do not make a Prison. ("Aren't we talking about Prison here?") We cannot pump the ocean dry ("Aren't ...
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What is the Subject of the sentence: "Wednesday night found Hermione and Harry sitting alone in the common room,..."

About this quote from Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone: Wednesday night found Hermione and Harry sitting alone in the common room, long after everyone else had gone to bed. The first clause, in ...
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Is "The U.S. decided sending Polish jets to Ukraine was too risky." grammatical?

I saw a sentence on Twitter by Bloomberg Opinion writing like: The U.S. decided sending Polish jets to Ukraine was too risky. I found two finite verbs here so I was thinking if the sentence was ...
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Can anyone explain to me the subject and object in "He is one of those men who are always on time."?

I was reading about pronouns and found this rule which I don't get at all. The pronouns who, that, and which become singular or plural depending on the subject. If the subject is singular, use a ...
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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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What is the subject of the “sizzled”?

I don’t understand what is happening to the following sentence, especially “ that sizzled for a split second” I read this on Kimutatu Tokyo university English reading (キムタツ東大英語リーディング), an English ...
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Can I say "people weren't singing" even if people didn't exist?

I heard something from the room, but I entered the room, just birds were singing. In this case, can I say "people weren't singing" even though people didn't exist? Does "people weren't ...
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Having brothers established

A complete change of life became desirable. He quitted the militia and engaged in trade, having brothers already established in a good way in London, which afforded him a favourable opening. Emma ...
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Is it necessary to repeat the subject after "or" within compound sentences? "He obviously doesn't have a plan, or (he) would have said something."

I am confused with the usage of "or". Here is two sentences that confused me: He obviously doesn't have a plan, or he would have said something. He obviously doesn't have a plan, or would ...
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Is it correct this pronoun to replace a subject?

Taking into consideration the skills of Hassim in these courses, I am sure she made the right decision in choosing the master’s in agriculture. Furthermore, this master is crucial for enhancing his ...
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What is the subject and predicate in the sentence "What time is the meeting?"

What is the subject and predicate in the sentence "What time is the meeting?" I think subject here is "the meeting" and predicate "what time is". Is that correct?
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What is the meaning of using inanimate subjects?

I was wondering whether there might be difference between animate subjects and inanimate. The native speakers are more using inanimate like "this road will lead you to the place" instead of ...
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In this sentence, what are the main subject and the main verb?

Consider the following sentence: Though this was not a very good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there was no one to listen to her. In that sentence, what are the main subject and the ...
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Subject question vs. object question

In the text book that I am supposed to use in my lessons I have this explanation on the difference between subject and object questions: I want you to especially pay attention to this sentence above: ...
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Compound subject with or without conjunction?

1) John, Mary, and Sam are best friends. 2) John, Mary, Sam are best friends. In sentence 1, the compound subject used the conjunction "and"(John, Mary, and Sam) and in sentence 2, without ...
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How to construct a principal clause?

How can I construct a perfect sentence? Both, principal and subordinate clause has a subject and a predicate. How can I be sure that the sentence I formed is a principal clause? For e.g. I am very ...
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Are both acceptable? "me and him" Vs "I and He"?

Me and him did it. I and he did it. Are both acceptable, If yes, how?
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Are "How much" and "How many" used in Object Questions, Subject Questions or both?

I came across with a text saying that questions starting with "How much" and "How many" are considered Subject Questions. I understand that in examples like: How many people are in the party? How ...
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Do the subject and object have to agree in number? For example: "Tigers (plural) are a wild animal (singular)"

Does the plurality of the object have to agree with the plurality of the subject? For example, which one of the following sentences is correct? Tigers are wild animals and they live in the jungle. ...
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Omitting subject in English sentences, what is the logic behind it?

I sometimes see and myself use sentences like. "Reminds me that..." rather than "It reminds me that...". Is it correct use? If so, in which type of sentences can we omit subject (...
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What is the subject of "has enormous demands placed on his or her time"? What is the meaning of that clause in the context?

From Fundamentals of Management: The average executive works 60 hours a week; has enormous demands placed on his or her time; and faces increased complexities posed by globalization.
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Are "What might happen?" & "who might win?" (the race)" Correct?

In Cambridge Dictionary Grammar – Questions: wh-questions is found: When what, who, which or whose is the subject or part of the subject, we do not use the auxiliary. We use the word order subject + ...
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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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Sentence used as a subject

This sentence came up in one of the videos of a popular English teacher on youtube. Just because you don't have a degree shouldn't make a difference. My question is, is this correct? Can the phrase '...
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What is the subject of this participle in this context?

What is the subject of paving? 'Adidas?' or 'a landmark deal with Adidas?' I thought 'a landmark deal with Adidas', however, one of my friends told that 'Adidas' is the subject. I want to know how to ...
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What is the subject of the verb [settle]? He waited until complete quiet settled on the assembly

A sentence from dictionay assembly: entry 2 in Collins He waited until complete quiet settled on the assembly. I guess complete is an adjective and quiet ia an uncountable noun What is the subject ...
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What is the difference between was/were and did? [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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The most important is challenges : Isn't the subject adjective which is not supposed tonuse as a subject?

Here is the full sentence. From his own experience joining the air force as a young man, Mike had a clue to the riddle. While the rigors of his induction weren’t quite as harrowing as those of West ...
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What is the subject of the sentence "Go home now"?

Go home now! home go you While 'you' isn't in the sentence, it was picked as the subject. Is 'you' the correct answer?
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What is the prepositional phrase “with confidence” modifying?

"Our vision goes beyond the familiar, with confidence to step into new adventures that help our environment." Is this sentence grammatical or is there something missing? I feel like the ...
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Usage of "rely on"

Could you tell me who is doing the action of telling the time, me or my watch? I don't sleep with a bedside alarm-clock, so when I wake up in the middle of the night, I rely on my watch to tell the ...
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Is it impossible that noun clauses beginning with "when" can function as a subject?

___is impossible to tell now. (A) When will it snow (B) Whether will snow (C) When it snows (D) Whether it will snow I found this in my homework. the answer is D. but C for option confuses me, ...
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What's the Subject in 'What time is it?'

I'd like to know what part is the subject in the sentence 'What time is it?'. Many thanks.
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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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them can be used in a informal way?

Them are two good ones, he said. James Joyce writes this sentence. is that used in an informal way?
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what is the subject in the sentence?

On top of that come the problems of managing proceedings in what is in effect a huge debating society, in which everyone has a say, and speeches are relayed by “human microphones”—chanted sentence by ...
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Two questions about the 4th verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner"

4th verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner": O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation. Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued ...
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Add[ing] a splendid production

Which one of these sentences is more grammatically correct?: Add a splendid production and you have a certified hit. Adding a splendid production and you have a certified hit. Why, ...
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Can an adjective be a subject

I read a sentence from an authoritative grammar book that adjective can be a subject, but the usage is using the pairs of adjective, for instance, wet or dry will make little difference But later I ...
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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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Subject of participle

Unaware of the foul ball heading towards him, my friend Jim got hit in the head, causing excruciating pain. I think the subjects of both the participial phrase and the main clause are the same, that ...
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Can a subject and its complement be of different numbers?

Can a subject and a subject complement be of different numbers, i.e. one of them is plural and the other is singular? To check this, I came up with some examples (where, as I understand, "are&...
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Can an adjective be used as a subject in this example? [closed]

In the example: The Iranian were interested in building and repairing their own house Why is the adjective, Iranian, used as a subject?
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can a word be both an object and a subject in a clause?

She handed him a cup of tea that he knew without tasting would be exactly as he liked it. Is "that" the object of "he knew" and the subject of "would be…"? In other ...
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"I doing sth", "me doing sth", "my doing sth" as a subject or an object

I'm learning English and it sometimes confuses me what constructions, either clause or gerund, are acceptable as subjects or objects. In a question I asked previously, I asked about the grammaticality ...
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Clauses with no subject

I've been reading that English does not permit clauses without a subject (except imperative sentences and infinitive verbs, right?). So I don't understand phenomena such as: We've updated our Privacy ...
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As a subject, is “dinner and drinks” singular or plural?

Is “dinner and drinks” considered singular or plural? i.e. is it how were dinner and drinks? or how was dinner and drinks?
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Is it correct to use future and present tenses with one subject? [closed]

For example: I agree with the author's opinion and will give some arguments to support it.
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What is the subject in "There is no form to reject"?

What is the subject in this sentence? There is no form to reject. And what type of sentence is this?

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