Identification Practice 3
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 simple subjects in the following sentences. Some
sentences may include dependent clauses; underline the subjects of dependent
clauses as well.
- Robin’s abrasive personality made it difficult for her
to develop close friendships.
- My stepson’s taste in music is the antithesis of my
- Spreading rumors can cause tremendous harm.
- To some individuals, criticizing the president of the
United States is an inexcusable act, perhaps even subversive.
- To others, such criticism is simply freedom of speech.
- To clear her client from suspicion was the attorney’s
- The dramatic sapphire eyes of the actress in the film
- To arouse the readers’ interest, you should make your
opening paragraph provocative.
- Here come Hannah and her sisters.
- After the charlatan sold the unsuspecting boy a bag of
“magic” beans, the boy ran home to his mother.
- Whenever Maria makes an impetuous purchase, she ends
up returning the item.
- In the far corner of the back yard lay a tired golden
- There is something that I wanted to tell you.
- Reading is my favorite pastime.
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