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3.7 Subjects: Review & Practice

Review and Practice

After each review statement below, there are five practice sentences. In the space provided after each practice sentence, write the subject and then the verb or verb string. In situations where there is more than one subject or verb, separate them with a comma and a space.

The subject of a sentence answers the question Who or what . . .?
1. Last week the restaurant served dinner as usual.

2. But the atmosphere had changed drastically.
3. Apparently, the owner has replaced the original manager.
4. The new manager acts on her own ideas about interior decorating.
5. Her daring style will make or break the business.

In statements, the subject usually comes before the verb. In questions, the subject is usually tucked between the two parts of a split verb.

6. The carpenters aren't coming until next week.

7. Were you expecting them today?
8. The lumber yard man with the southern accent just called.
9. His call reminded me of something.
10. Did you put the power tools in the shed?

The role of subject is often played by a noun. Sometimes a pronoun may stand as subject in the place of a noun.

11. My mother invited Uncle Wadd for Thanksgiving.

12. Then he started work on another rocking chair.
13. This time the chair is for him.
14. She'll never get him away from his workshop now.
15. It's a big, beautiful one with broad arm rests.

The simple subject is the subject noun or pronoun without any describing words. The simple subject is only one word.

16. The fine, strong fiber in silk is produced by tiny worms.

17. The cocoons of these worms are prized by silk producers everywhere.
18. These picky little eaters will accept only mulberry leaves for food.
19. During the era of tall silk hats, hat manufacturers in the United States imported most of their silk from mulberry farms in China.
20. Then some enterprising American silk investor with a green thumb brought mulberry trees to New England.

Subjects may be compounded with these joiners: and, but, yet, or, nor.

21. My old yellow dog and the calico cat beg me for treats.

22. Neither the dog nor the cat knows its own name.
23. Still, the kids, the neighbors, and even Uncle Cy can't help loving those raggedy pets.
24. The sound of the dog at night or the sight of the cat in the rain can send the local jokers into fits of glee.
25. Both the superintendent of our building and the storekeeper on the corner tease us about our neighborhood mascots.

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