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Is “Saw him yesterday” correct without the subject “I”?

While having a conversation about someone, can I say "Saw him yesterday." instead of "I saw him yesterday."?
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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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Is this subject necessary?

Is the subject I necessary in the following paragraph?. I feel I am using this subject too many times, but I do not know how to avoid it without confusing the reader. I see in Gustav the same desire ...
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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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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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Who is she to be possessed by the devil, and Who accused several local women of witchcraft?

I read this sentence and I am curious what subject is on 'After' clause. The infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, ...
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Using one subject for two verbs

In the following sentences, do we need " , and " to clarify that both verbs are for one subject? 1- " Alice went to the restaurant, and ate lunch". 2- "Alice went to the restaurant, ate lunch, and ...
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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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When is it correct to repeat the subject?

In a sentence like this: He read a book and he discussed it with his friends. Is it correct to leave the second "he"? (He read a book and discussed it with his friends.) I suppose it is, because I'...
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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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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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not all was lost was that…"

From the book "Sapiens": One reason German soldiers and civilians thought not all was lost was that they believed German scientists were about to turn the tide... From the above sentence ...
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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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What is the subject in the sentence “Rice is being cooked by Mary”?

I know it's a very basic question, and I've looked up the definition of "subject." This very question was asked within a linguistic course that I am taking, the answer to which is apparently rice (see ...
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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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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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Which is a subject? (this kind of error)

This kind of error, where results are always on one side of the real value, is called “bias.” I wonder what could be "subject". kind or error
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Can an object be placed before the subject?

✲ I her admire. (James McCawley, The Syntactic Phenomena of English) The sentence above is unacceptable; yet consulting “That I do” (John Steinbeck’s East of Eden), ‘Her I admire’ seems to be ...
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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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Is “by nature, for nature” right

I am creating a tagline for a vegetable and fruit brand. I want to tell people that the produce is (or products are) created through natural practices, for the betterment of the environment. So I ...
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Subject, Object and must do

Can someone please explain what is subject and object in this sentence? 'You must do what the boss tells you' The Boss is the subject and you is object, is it or is it not?
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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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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 “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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can the determiner, “that”, appear as a formal subject in this sentence?

Soon after that, a very strange person stepped out from the trees into the light of the lamp-post. So, my question is, can the determiner that appear as a formal subject in this sentence. It is ...
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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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It is correct to avoid mention explicity the subject here?

Is it better to use Despite she received or Despite receiving here? I am trying to add variety to my writing by avoiding repeating so many times the subject. However, I am not sure whether excluding ...
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'Yours and mine' or 'Your and my'?

I'm pretty clear about using subject or object version of pronouns. While writing a line, I naturally wrote it in this way - Your and my grandparents had grown listening to this piece of music. But ...
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Is “his wife” a pronoun in this sentence?

In this sentence, I know "them" is a pronoun but I'm not sure if "his wife" is a pronoun or not? Rand loves sports cars, and his wife loves them too
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Significance of the 'distinction' between 'subjects' and 'predicates'

I have always read that: the "subject" is the doer in the sentence and everything except the subject is the "predicate." But being a learner I have never been able to understand ...
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Identifying Subjects

Here is a sentence that I need help with: Across the road lived her boyfriend. Here, live(lived) is the verb. What is the subject? I think it should be 'Her'. Because, we are talking about her ...
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Is “The Department of Culture and Sports” the subject of this sentence?

My friend and I have recently got a lingering debate on defining the subject of a contracted clause below: The Department of Culture and Sports called on male civil servants at the department to wear ...
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Compound-subject verb agreement

I am trying to understand Subject Verb Agreement, but I am having trouble understanding why some subjects are plural and others are singular. So far, I understand that a verb is based on a noun's ...
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“Subject” and “predicate” in sentences starting with “there”?

A third grade student has been asked to find out the subject and the predicate in the sentence: There are a book and a pen on the table. Here, it says that the real subject is "a book and a ...
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Can I use two subjects in one sentence?

When we buy his birthday cake, we have to make sure it is lemon. In this sentence, we and it have been used in one sentence without any punctuation. Could anyone tell me when I can write sentences ...
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“My prescience is unerring” vs. “In my prescience, I am unerring”

I am writing dialogue for a '70s / '80s style text adventure I hope to develop. I would like to use option A, but it seems less grammatical than option B. The difference, of course, is the subject. ...
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These two sentences have same meaning?

I wonder if 'to be' - to infinitive and 'being' are interchangeable in these sentences below. To be an engineer looked good. Being an engineer looked good. Do these sentences have the same meaning ...
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meanig of a sentence

Meaning of "Many of those despicable wretches does my present acquaintance with infamy and wickedness enable me to number among the heroes of debauchery."(Johnson's Rambler No. 170) I cannot ...

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