Answered By: Rachel Willard
Last Updated: May 02, 2017     Views: 369

A subject is a part of a sentence that contains the person or thing performing the action (or verb) in a sentence. (See What is a verb?)

Here are some examples: 

Visual image pointing to the subject and the verb in a sentence.  There are four sentences.  The first sentence in the top left corner reads "Jennifer walked to the store" "Jennifer" is highlighted in blue and the word "subject" is is a box above it.  The word "walked" is highlighted in yellow and the word "verb" is in a box above it.  The sentence in the top right reads "After lunch, I will call my mother." The word "I" is highlighted in blue and there is a box with the word "subject" above it.  The words "will call" are highlighted in yellow and the word "verb" is in a box above it.  The sentence on the bottom left reads" You were a great singer" the word "You" is highlighted in blue with the word "subject" in a box above it.  The word "were" is highlighted in yellow with the word "verb" in a box above it.  The sentence on the bottom right reads; "Mosquito bites itch."  The words "mosquito bites" are highlighted in blue and the word "subject" is in a box above it.  The word "itch" is highlighted in yellow an the word "verb" is in a box above it.

 

Example Sentence: Jennifer walked to the store

   In this sentence, the subject is Jennifer and the verb is walked.

 

Example Sentence: After lunch, I will call my mother.

   In the sentence, the subject is I and the verb is will call.

 

Example Sentence: You were a great singer.

   In this sentence, the subject is you and the verb is were.

 

Example Sentence: Mosquito bites itch. 

   In this sentence, the subject is mosquito bites and the verb is itch.

 

Additional Resources:

 

Further Questions?

Would you like a current or future assignment to be reviewed by the Writing Center?  If so please visit the Writing Center's Paper Review Website and make an appointment with us! 

Do you have other general writing questions? E-mail the Writing Center at writingsupport@waldenu.edu.

Other questions about your doctoral capstone or the Form & Style review? E-mail the Dissertation Editors at editor@waldenu.edu.

Want to peruse other writing resources? Go to the Writing Center’s homepage

More Information

Need more information? Ask us!

Or browse Quick Answers by Department.