Talk:English/Parts of the Sentence/Subjects

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I think it is very important to make the distinction clear between subjects as parts of the sentence and subjects as word functions. Subjects as parts of the sentence refers to the first part of the sentence (everything that is not the predicate), which includes various word-function subjects, which are the individual words serving as subjects in a particular sentence. I've also heard the word-function subjects referred to as "specific subjects" somewhere.

For example: Bill and his brother left for work.

  • "Bill and his brother" is the subject (part of the sentence).
  • "left for work" is the predicate (part of the sentence).
  • "Bill" is one subject (word function/specific subject).
  • "brother" is another subject (word function/specific subject).

This means the page here is confusing them. If I'm mixed up about this, let me know. A good place to check might be the corresponding wikibook in English. --Cromwellt|talk|contribs 01:27, 11 July 2007 (UTC)