English Grammar: Subject

In this video, you’ll learn what the subject of a sentence is, which will help you build sentences.


What is the subject?

The subject of a sentence is the person, place, thing, or idea that is doing something in the sentence. It’s the what or who that “verb”-ed.

Examples of subjects

Here’s an example sentence:

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The boy ate the hotdog.

  • What is the  verb in this sentence? In this case, the verb is “ate.”
  • Who ate the hotdog? The boy.
  • So, the person who did something in the sentence (ate), is the boy. “The boy” is the subject of the sentence.

Can you find the subject in the following two sentences?

Mary and Sam went to San Francisco.

Soccer is very popular at my school.

Watch the video for more help with subjects!




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