How to Learn English Speaking - Subjects

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How to Learn English Speaking:

How to Learn English Speaking The Fun and Easy Way Lesson: Subjects

Who am I?:

Who am I? I am Linda, your English Tutor I have a master’s degree in English writing, and I am also a nurse.

Subjects:

Subjects In English, the subject is the main topic of the sentence. The subject is what the sentence is about . The subject can be a person, place or thing.

Examples of Subjects:

Examples of Subjects Sentence: I walk to the store. - In this sentence, “ I ” am the subject. Sentence: You walk to the store. - In this sentence, “ you ” are the subject.

Examples of Subjects:

Examples of Subjects Sentence: He walks to the store. In this sentence, “ H e ” is the subject. Sentence: The cat walks to the store. In this sentence, “ the cat ” is the subject.

Subjects do not always take action:

Subjects do not always take action In each of our earlier examples, the subjects were taking action: “I walk,” “You walk,” “He walks,” and “the cat walks.” In every sentence, the subject was doing something—the subject was walking. But the subject does not always do something!

What is the sentence about?:

W hat is the sentence about? Sentence: “The woman is beautiful.” What is this sentence about ? Remember—when you know what the sentence is about, you will know the subject of the sentence. Is this sentence about a person? A place? A thing?

Find the Subject:

Find the Subject Look again at this sentence: “The woman is beautiful.” Now, tell me what the sentence is about. Say your answer out loud! 

Find the Subject:

Find the Subject The sentence is about “The woman,” right? Yes, the sentence is about “The woman.” The woman is the subject of the sentence.

Learning Exercise:

Learning Exercise Let’s try another sentence: “The water was very cold.” Now, ask yourself, what is this sentence about?

Learning Exercise:

Learning Exercise In the sentence, “The water was very cold,” the sentence is about “The water.” So, “ the water ” is the subject. Even though the water is not really “doing anything,” it is still the subject of the sentence—it is what the sentence is about.

Learning Exercise:

Learning Exercise Sentence: “I can speak English.” Say the sentence out loud, with me: “I can speak English.” What is the subject of the sentence?

Learning Exercise:

Learning Exercise In the sentence, “I can speak English,” “ I ” am the subject of the sentence. I am who the sentence is about. And YOU can speak English! 

Learning Exercise:

Learning Exercise Look at this sentence. What is the subject? Sentence: “Green is my favorite color.” (This one is tricky! But you can do it!  Take your time and pause the slide, if you wish.)

Learning Exercise:

Learning Exercise Look at the sentence again: “Green is my favorite color.” What is the subject?

Learning Exercise:

Learning Exercise The subject is “ Green .” Green is not a person, and green is not a place…but green is a thing—it is a color. And so, “ green ” is the subject of this sentence.

Learning Review:

Learning Review The subject is what the sentence is about . The subject may be a person, place or thing. The subject does not always “do something.” When you read a sentence, ask yourself, what is this sentence about? What is the main idea of the sentence? Usually, this will help you to discover the subject of the sentence.

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