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Sentence Subject

The subject of a sentence is the person, place, or thing that is the main focus of the sentence. To find the subject of a sentence, first locate the verb. Then answer the question, what or who is being "verbed?" For instance, in the sentence, "The monkeys in the treetops must be observed," the verb is must be observed. So, what must be observed? The answer is, monkeys. A simple subject is the subject without any modifiers. For example, the simple subject of the following sentence is event. "The upcoming event, stripped of all the hype, is nothing but a fundraiser."

Sometimes a simple subject can be more than one word or even an entire clause. Consider the following: "What he had forgotten about the law was amazing considering how many years vche spent in law school." The simple subject is the entire clause written in italics.


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