Finding the Subjects of Sentences

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Finding the Subject of Sentences~A Simple Lesson : 

Finding the Subject of Sentences~A Simple Lesson

What is the SUBJECT of a sentence? : 

What is the SUBJECT of a sentence? The SUBJECT is the naming part. It tells you WHO the sentence is about, or who is doing the action.

How do I find the subject? : 

How do I find the subject? 1. When you read the sentence, ask yourself, “WHO or what is this sentence about?” That person or thing is the SUBJECT. 2. Look for the action word (verb). Ask yourself, “WHO or what is performing the action?” This person or thing is the SUBJECT.

EXAMPLE : 

EXAMPLE The dog chased the mailman. WHO is doing the action? The SUBJECT is THE DOG. The dog chased the mailman. THE DOG

PRACTICE : 

PRACTICE Al’s dad drives the truck. WHO is performing the action? Al’s dad The SUBJECT is AL’s DAD. Al’s dad drives the truck.

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PRACTICE Ben makes a big splash. WHO is this sentence about? Ben The SUBJECT is BEN. Ben makes a big splash.

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PRACTICE Frogs croak. WHO is this sentence about? Frogs The SUBJECT is FROGS. Frogs croak.

Finding the subject in a longer sentence might be trickier. : 

Finding the subject in a longer sentence might be trickier.

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Remember:The first noun in a sentence is NOT always the subject. The subject is the noun or pronoun that performs the main action or is the topic of the sentence.

EXAMPLE : 

The SUBJECT is SHE. She walked. EXAMPLE Although the snow was getting deeper, she walked. WHO performs the action? WHO is this sentence about? It’s about her. She does.

PRACTICE : 

PRACTICE Inside the house, Kelly and Bess painted. WHO is this sentence about? The SUBJECT is KELLY AND BESS. Kelly and Bess painted. WHO performs the action? Kelly and Bess

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PRACTICE My mother and her friend had a party. WHO is this sentence about? My mother and her friend The SUBJECT is MY MOTHER AND HER FRIEND. My mother and her friend had a party.

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PRACTICE In spite of the dry weather, flowers bloomed. WHO is this sentence about? Flowers The SUBJECT is FLOWERS. Flowers bloomed.

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PRACTICE Mom likes it when I get all A’s. WHO is this sentence about? The SUBJECT is MOM. Mom likes it. WHO performed the action? Mom

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PRACTICE Last summer, Sue went swimming with Kyle. WHO is this sentence about? The SUBJECT is SUE. Sue went swimming. WHO performed the action? Sue

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PRACTICE My students tell me they complete their homework every night. WHO is this sentence about? The SUBJECT is MY STUDENTS. My students tell. WHO performed the action? My students

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PRACTICE Paula, Sue, and Pat live in Boston. WHO is this sentence about? Paula, Sue, and Pat The SUBJECT is PAULA, SUE, AND PAT. Paula, Sue, and Pat live in Boston.

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PRACTICE Uncle Joe plays ball with Sam and me. WHO is this sentence about? The SUBJECT is UNCLE JOE. Uncle Joe plays ball with Sam and me. WHO performed the action? Uncle Joe

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PRACTICE He grabbed his coat and I shut the door. WHO performs the action? He and I do The SUBJECT is HE and I. He grabbed; I shut.

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PRACTICE Franny gave Ginny a hug. WHO is this sentence about? The SUBJECT is FRANNY. Franny gave Ginny a hug. WHO performed the action? Franny

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Review: The SUBJECT is the naming part. It tells you WHO or WHAT the sentence is about, or who or what is performing the action. … When you read the sentence, ask yourself “WHO or WHAT is this sentence about or who is doing the action?” That person or thing is the SUBJECT.

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