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  Subject (grammar) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term subject refers to the grammatical function an expression may have in relation to other expressions in a sentence, and it should be distinguished from parts of speech, which classify expressions independently of their relations to other constituents of a sentence.
The subject of a sentence is sometimes defined as the argument that generally refers to the origin of the action or the undergoer of the state shown by the predicate.
In a language that marks morphological case on the arguments of a proposition, the subject tends to be marked with the least salient morphology, or is left unmarked.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Subject_(grammar)   (821 words)

 Subject (grammar) -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The subject of a (A word that serves as the predicate of a sentence) verb is the (A fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true) argument that generally refers to the origin of the action or the undergoer of the state shown by the verb.
In languages where a (The voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is the recipient (not the source) of the action denoted by the verb) passive voice exists, the subject of a passive verb may be the target or result of the action.
The subject most often carries the least-marked (A portable container for carrying several objects) case; that is, in a language that marks (Click link for more info and facts about morphological) morphological case on the arguments of a proposition, the subject tends to be marked with the least salient morphology, or is left unmarked.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/s/su/subject_(grammar).htm   (554 words)

 § 60. subject and verb agreement. 1. Grammar. The American Heritage Book of English Usage. 1996
Thus in the sentence Her family are all avid skiers, the noun family is singular in form but plural in meaning, and the verb is plural to agree with the meaning.
The subject everyone is plural in meaning and singular in form, but the verb agrees in number with the form of its grammatical subject.
When a subject is followed by a conjoining prepositional phrase such as as well as, in addition to, or with, the verb should be singular: Jesse as well as Luke likes jazz.
www.bartleby.com /64/C001/060.html   (966 words)

 Encyclopedia: Subject (grammar)
If grammar is seen as studying the relations and architectures of language, such relations and structures would then have supports and anchors, forces and motions, features and property equivalencies, and roles galore just as a building or organixm has.
In grammar, a part of speech or word class is defined as the role that a word (or sometimes a phrase) plays in a sentence.
A null subject language, in linguistic typology, is a language whose grammar permits the omission of an explicit subject.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Subject-(grammar)   (1427 words)

 Subject - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
See subject (grammar) for the linguistic definition of subject.
In politics a subject is a person who is subordinate to the rule of a monarch or state.
In philosophy, a subject is a being which has experiences or a relationship with another entity (or "object").
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Subject   (110 words)

 Subject-Verb Agreement
The subject of the sentence is "Cheryl." In spite of the fact that 400 new freshmen are mentioned in the appositive phrase that follows her name, Cheryl is the only person who works all summer at the swim club.
It does not refer to "She," the subject of the sentence, but rather to "students." It is the verb of the clause "who leave home and family to live on a college campus," which in turn modifies "students." In other words, "leave" is the verb of an embedded clause.
The singular subject "outcome" calls for the corresponding form "remains." The confusing element of this sentence is the prepositional phrase "of their long discussions," which includes the plural noun "discussions." The discussions do not remain unknown; the outcome does.
www.meredith.edu /grammar/subject-.htm   (2083 words)

 The Systematic Teaching of Grammar:A Critique
From the teacher: Cat's interest in the subject of this paper was sparked by her consulting clients repeated requests to have her "just go over the grammar" in their papers.
Teaching grammar as needed, in instances when the student's lack of practical grammar usage interferes with the content of the writing, is most appropriate.
Standardized, unchanging grammar rules assume that there is only one accurate form of a language, and those who use are in control of the language are in control of society.
wrt-intertext.syr.edu /VII/ayoob.html   (2282 words)

 Visual grammar in film and videography
If in a LS we see a woman painting words on a poster, the insert could be a CU of the words, her face, the paint-soaked brush, a crowd of spectators, etc. Any visual insert will make the audience create a connection between the LS and the CU.
SUBJECTIVE POV: makes the audience believe they are seeing the scene through the eyes of the participants.
The problem is caused when you move your camera across the line of action for a shot in which your subject faces one direction in your viewfinder, and in the next shot, faces the other way.
www.bctv.net /telcom/tel40text/2visualgrammar.html   (4348 words)

 Humbug's Grammar - Subject and Predicate
Every subject is based on one noun or pronoun; that word is the simple subject.
The subjects are built around the nouns presence, images, gentlemen, baskets with the other words of the subject modifying the nouns.
More often than not a subject will be next to the verb - often the subject and verb are the first two words in a sentence - so it is important to be able to spot those times when groups of words (modifying phrases and clauses) separate the simple subject and the verb.
www.leasttern.com /Grammar/humbugsubpred.html   (627 words)

 ELI Grammar Hotline -- Subject-Verb Agreement
With “either/or” and “neither/nor”the rule is the noun or pronoun closest to the subject agrees with the verb.
In sentence (1) the verb is defnitely “is” because the subject is “purpose.”
Standard English grammar calls for “were” to be used with both singular and plural subjects in sentences that express an untrue situation.
www.udel.edu /eli/questions/g04.html   (4475 words)

 uw-madison writing center writer's handbook
When the subject follows the verb (especially in sentences beginning with the expletives "there is" or "there are"), special care is needed to determine the subject and to make certain that the verb agrees with it.
Be aware: phrases such as "in addition to," "as well as," and "along with" do not mean the same thing as "and." When inserted between the subject and the verb, these phrases do not change the number of the subject.
If one subject is singular and one is plural, the verb agrees with the nearer subject.
www.wisc.edu /writing/Handbook/SubjectVerb.html   (517 words)

 Humbug's Grammar
What follows is a "grammar" the premise of which is the undocumented and possibly quixotic assumption that understanding the components of a sentence helps make for better readers as well a writers.
An underlying hypothesis is that oversimplifying grammar is unproductive in that most ten year olds already speak in and occasionally write complex-compound sentences.
By extension, this study of grammar also encourages the study of Dickens' paragraphs, which vary types and structures of sentences in patterns.
www.leasttern.com /Grammar/humbuggrammar.html   (338 words)

 Classsical Christian Homeschooling: The Grammar Stage: The Subject of Grammar   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Grammar is the science of language usage, and English grammar as a subject teaches how to speak and write the English language correctly.
There is one other part to the study of English grammar: prosody, which is the study of the quantity of syllables, of accent, and the laws of versification.
The emphasis shifts a bit in grammar class to studying words for their own sake, rather than to be able to read them.
www.classicalhomeschooling.org /grammar/grammar.html   (2244 words)

 trinicenter.com | A misunderstanding of English grammar II
But I don't think that their errors are due only to ignorance of English grammar; they seem to also stem from non-English habits that underlie their attempts at English, from an insufficient social exposure to English, and from a regularizing tendency of the language acquisition device in the brain.
Indeed, Creole grammar frequently assumes superficial English form where it appears and is perceived as English by the unsuspecting.
It is therefore an interlanguage grammar that will either give way to English grammar consequent upon sufficient social exposure to, and negotiation of, English, or fossilize as a variety of English in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider world if insufficient exposure continues.
www.trinicenter.com /winford/2002/Dec/15.htm   (804 words)

 Subject - General Grammar Reference - CUNY WriteSite
You might say that she is the subject being discussed here.
The subject of a sentence tells us what person, place, thing, or idea the sentence is about.
The subject is made of a noun (or a group of nouns) and its modifiers.
writesite.cuny.edu /grammar/general/subject   (116 words)

 Introduction to traditional grammar
This guide is designed mainly for students who haven't been taught formal grammar at school, and find that the study of medieval literature at University level requires basic language skills that they don't have.
It is deliberately conservative, keeping as far as possible to the terminology of 'traditional grammar', which is found in most of the dictionaries, glossaries and grammars you are likely to use.
Note that in OE the subject is not necessarily placed before the beginning of the sentence, or even before the verb.
www.soton.ac.uk /~wpwt/notes/grammar.htm   (3208 words)

 Subject of an Infinitive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
While the word subject in grammar normally applies to a sentence, it is possible for an infinitive to have a subject.
This is known as the subject of the infinitive.
A personal pronoun is in the objective case when it is a subject of the infinitive.
englishplus.com /grammar/00000376.htm   (128 words)

 English Composition 1: Sentence Variety and Style
It expresses the proposition in the most common grammatical pattern in English — the grammatical subject expresses the actor, the grammatical verb expresses the action, and the grammatical objects express the beneficiary and goal of the action.
That is, the subject conveys the goal, not the actor, and the actor is mentioned later in the clause (in a structure known to grammarians as the adverbial); sometimes the actor is not mentioned at all.
n systemic linguistics, the grammatical subjects in the it cleft and wh- cleft sentences above are called "marked" themes since those sentences do not begin with the expected, common, ordinary subject of the basic clause pattern (which is called the "unmarked" theme).
papyr.com /hypertextbooks/comp1/variety.htm   (1271 words)

 Title page for ETD etd-04282003-101336
Also, the full-fledged grammar classes which a pre-service English teacher might be required to take in college may further intimidate through an immediate, in-depth explication of the subject with complex diagrams and theories before the teaching candidate is even fully aware of the definition(s) of the word grammar.
Critical theories are applied to the subject of grammar in order to shed light on the denotations and connotations of the word, as well as the reasons why this subject is so important.
The conclusion reveals that rather than closing off discussions and hemming in subjects, definitions may be used to open up a subject to endless possibilities.
www.montana.edu /etd/available/wilcox_04.html   (434 words)

 Making Subjects and Verbs Agree
When the subject of a sentence is composed of two or more nouns or pronouns connected by and, use a plural verb.
When a compound subject contains both a singular and a plural noun or pronoun joined by or or nor, the verb should agree with the part of the subject that is nearer the verb.
The verb agrees with the subject, not with a noun or pronoun in the phrase.
owl.english.purdue.edu /handouts/esl/eslsubverb.html   (453 words)

 The Compound Subject
To understand compound subjects, you must first know the definitions for verbs and subjects.
For action verbs, the subject is whoever or whatever does the verb.
For linking verbs, the subject usually is whoever or whatever is to the left of the verb.
www.chompchomp.com /terms/compoundsubject.htm   (245 words)

 A Grammar of Dublin Core
This says that the resource is about the subject "grammar of languages," and that these words are a controlled term from the Library of Congress Subject Headings.
The subject of a Dublin Core statement, in contrast, is an anonymous "information resource," perhaps a "document-like object" [3].
This grammar, in contrast, presents the syntax of Dublin Core statements in a linguistic sense, as the rules governing how the words of a sentence are related to each other -- which words modify other words, and which words are of central importance in the statement.
www.dlib.org /dlib/october00/baker/10baker.html   (3981 words)

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Subject: Tlingit, Tsimsian, Haida -------------------------Messages-------------------------------------- 1) Date: Sun, 7 Aug 1994 08:39:28 -0500 (CDT) From: pedersen@seas.smu.edu (Ted Pedersen) Subject: Case Grammar I am trying to teach myself a few things about Case Grammar.
Subject: Lexicon Required Can anyone assist with the following: I am looking for a German lexicon that contains a word, its root form, syntactic category, and word senses.
Subject: Tlingit, Tsimsian, Haida Any information or pointers to work (being) done on the above Amer-Indian languages would be appreciated.
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 BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Trying a quick fix in French
A bit of light conversation, a little colloquial vocabulary and the merest smattering of grammar would have done just fine.
Having paid £150 for 30 lessons, it was with a sense of hope that I arrived at the town-centre premises of the language school.
Unfortunately, the subjunctive was pretty much all we did, in grammar terms, that week.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/uk_news/education/3746007.stm   (862 words)

 WebQuest Forum :: View topic - Writing and grammar in Middle school
The students will be given examples of how to fix grammar and writing and what is necessary to place where and what might just be extra junk that they use as fillers.
Grammar and spelling, though hugely important, are about factual recall and procedural learning.
I am hoping to gain feedback from some outsiders about what their main focus is in these areas so that we can use it for the betterment of our findings and project.
webquest.org /forum/viewtopic.php?p=400   (494 words)

 Spanish Grammar: subject pronouns
The infinitive is the pure form of a verb.
The words "I" "you" "he" "she" "we" "you-all" and "they" are called subject pronouns.
Spanish subject pronouns are both similar to and different from their English counterparts.
www.studyspanish.com /lessons/subpro.htm   (502 words)

 The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
In 112 pages that are painless and amusing, Jane will reveal to you the mysteries of grammar and punctuation.
An indispensable tool for teachers, students, writers, proofreaders, editors, managers, and clerical staff, over 65,000 copies are circulating in schools, offices, and the hallowed halls of government, making users feel confident writing papers, letters, memos, and even emails.
I love all the grammar and punctuation/capitalization exercises in the back and appreciate that the answers are provided!"
www.grammarbook.com   (344 words)

 LearnPlus Spanish Grammar Guide
Definition - The subject is the person or thing that is or does what the verb says.
Different kinds of words can be the subject of a sentence (nouns, pronouns, etc.) A subject can also consist of more than one word.
Note: in Spanish when the personal pronouns are subjects of the verb, they are usually not expressed because the verb alone indicates who performs the action.
www.learnplus.com /guides/spanishgrammar11.html   (220 words)

 Typos And Errors In Grammar Damage Your Credibility
I've tried to make an argument for good grammar based on leaving a proud heritage and respect for our language to our future generations.
When the small-minded or unwise are criticized, even justifiably and constructively, their technique is either to abuse the critics, or to try to discredit them.
And it's clear from readership studies that typos and errors in grammar, spelling, and structure DO damage credibility.
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