NEED TO FILL SUBJECT POSITION
All sentences and questions in English must include a subject. The only exception is the command, where it is not necessary to state the subject, which is always "you."
Here are some sentences that contain a tricky subject:
- Migdalia is playing the tuba. (Statement)
- Is she playing the tuba? (Question)
- (__) Play that tuba! (Command; you is the omitted subject)
In these sentences, the subject, it, doesn't mean anything without the help of other words in the sentence, so some students are tempted to skip such a vague subject entirely. Resist this temptation. Check each sentence that you write to make sure that you have included a word in the subject position (unless your sentence gives a command).
- It is fun to play the tuba.
- It is hard for kids to handle that huge instrument.
- It was a lot of work for Migdalia.
- It could have been a nightmare for her mother.