A simple subject masterclass in English

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Simple subject
Simple subject

Do you know what a simple subject is? Well, one must if one doesn’t. This lesson helps you understand everything about the simple subject in English.

What is a simple sentence?

A simple subject is a one-word subject. It does not include any modifiers.

Simple subject explanation
Simple subject explanation

Examples:

1. Jon love going out with his friends.

2. Money can get you a lot of things.

3. India has always been a country of seekers.

4. My mother does too much for me. (the complete subject is ‘my mother’)

5. Singing is her passion.

More complex examples of a simple subject

  • The reason why she has come here in this filthy place is because she is looking for some workers to hire.
  • One of my friends living in Canada is coming to see me soon.
  • The best way to know what Rahul does and how he does it is to befriend his brother.
  • The centre of the table you bought last night got burnt accidently.
  • Your maneger’s car collection is amazing.

A simple subject can have a modifier before it or after it, or both.

A simple subject does not always stand alone. It can have a modifier before or after it, or it can have modifiers both before and after it. If you leave the pre and post-modifiers, the left is a simple subject. The modifiers can’t be a part of a simple sentence. Including them will give you a complete subject.

Examples:

  • The driver was late today.

Simple subject = driver
Modifier (pre) = the
Complete subject = the driver

  • A small boy asked me to get him a ball.

Simple subject = boy
Modifier (pre) = a, small
Complete subject = a small boy

  • Some people make excuses for everything.

Simple subject = people
Modifier (pre) = some
Complete subject = some people

  • The girl looking at us is the daughter of my family doctor.

Simple subject = girl
Modifier (pre) = the
Modifier (post) = looking at us (present participle phrase)
Complete subject = the girl looking at us

  • Any man with a right attitude can do anything.

Simple subject = man
Modifier (pre) = any
Modifier (post) = with a right attitude
Complete subject = any man with a right attitude

NOTE: a complete subject is a combination of a simple subject and the word/words that modify it.

What can be a simple subject?

The following things can be a simple subject:

  1. Noun (regular nouns)
  2. Pronoun
  3. Gerund

NOUN

  • Pollution needs to be worked on consciously.
  • Paris is one of the cities I love going back to.
  • Usain Bolt is the fastest running man alive.
  • Success is just an idea.
  • His way of speaking is amazing.
  • The black bag has been stolen lately.

Related lessons:

PRONOUN

  • Some of your paintings are extraordinary.
  • Everyone in my family is a huge fan of sweets.
  • You are what you think you are.
  • Those cars are beautiful.

GERUND

  • Running can help you in losing weight.
  • Smoking can kill you.
  • Teaching is my passion.
  • His coaching changed the way we play on the field.

Related lessons:

Simple subject vs Complete subject

A simple subject is a one-word subject without any modifiers, and a complete subject is a simple subject plus the words that modify it.

Basis of differenceSimple subjectComplete subject
DefinitionIt is a one-word subject. It’s a name without any modifiers.It is a combination of a simple subject and the word or words that modify it.
ConstructionIt is just a name. It can be any noun or noun equivalent.It is a noun phrase: a combination of a noun and its modifiers.
LengthIt is just a word.It is a phrase.
ModifiersIt does not include any modifiers.It has modifiers.
Examples1. Roy is getting married this week.
2. My school is huge.
3. People don’t talk to me like that.
4. Corruption is still the biggest problem here.
1. The problem is still you.
2. My school is huge.
3. The goal of this company is to provide education to the poor.
4. The man who tried contacting you is a fraud.
Simple subject vs Complete subject

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