Identification Practice 2
Finding the Subject
- The subject of the sentence usually answers the
following question: Who or what is this sentence about?
- The subject is typically a noun (person, place,
animal, or thing) or a pronoun (e.g., I, he, she, we, you, they).
- The subject may be a gerund (ing form a
a verb: running, swimming, studying).
- The subject may be an infinitive (to
form of a verb: to run, to swim, to study).
- A sentence may have two or more subjects (compound
- There and here are never the subjects of
Underline the subjects in the following sentences.
- For five homeless teenagers, surfing became a way to
enjoy life, at least for a week, at Playalinda Beach.
- However, next week, an upcoming launch of the space
shuttle will close the beach.
- Reading enables children to experience places beyond
- All too frequently, your cover letter and resume can
keep you from getting a job.
- According to Kate Lorenz, there are ten ways to ruin a
- Writing in first person and using passive language are
- Failing to proofread can also be fatal.
- You should avoid flashy formatting and tiny font
- To teach eighth graders requires enormous energy.
- Quitting work early, Laura stopped at Kroger to buy
something to cook for dinner.
- The Writing Lab is a great place to prepare for final
- To succeed in college, you should attend every class
session and read all assigned material.
- Laughter is the best medicine.
- To err is human.
- To forgive is beyond her abilities or desires.
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