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Kinds of Subjects

The subject is always a noun or a group of words that does the work of a noun.

  • Money is the root of all evil. (Here the subject is a noun.)
  • They refused to go. (Here the subject is a pronoun.)
  • The rich must help the poor. (Here the subject is an adjective used as a noun.)
  • To find fault is easy. (Here the subject is a to-infinitive used as a noun.)
  • Smoking is bad for health. (Here the subject is a gerund.)
  • Slow and steady wins the race. (Here the subject is a phrase.)

Attribute of the subjects

The subject is often qualified by an adjective or the equivalent of an adjective, which is called its enlargement or attribute.

Kinds of attribute

  • The dog barked. (Here the attribute is an article.)
  • Fresh milk is wholesome. (Here the attribute is an adjective.)
  • The boy’s face turned pale. (Here the attribute is a noun in the possessive case.)
  • Cromwell himself led the army. (Here the attribute is an emphatic pronoun.)
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss. (Here the attribute is a participle used as an adjective.)
  • Only his will to live pulled him through. (Here the attribute is a to-infinitive.)
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Kinds of subjects

See also
Adverbs: definition
Adverb clause
Adverb particle