The subject of a sentence names who or what the sentence is about. The complete subject is composed of the simple subject and all of its modifiers. To find the complete subject, ask “Who” or “What”, and insert the verb to complete the question. The answer is the complete subject. To find the simple subject, strip away all the modifiers in the complete subject. In imperative sentences, the verb’s subject is understood but not actually present in the sentence. Although the subject ordinarily comes before the verb, sentences that begin with “There are” or “There was”, the subject follows the verb. The ability to recognize the subject of a sentence helps in editing a variety of problems such as sentence fragments and subject-verb agreement, as well as the choice of pronouns.


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