Welcome to the EFC Writer — a series of quick, easily digestible writing tips based on some stuff EFC Services editor Melissa Ruiz is seriously annoyed you’re still doing (or not doing, as the case may be).
TODAY’S TOPIC: SUBJECT TYPES
Remember last time when I told you there’s more to a subject than just one word sometimes? Well, as promised, here’s a little peek at the different types of subjects.
Just as a refresher, the subject of a sentence is a noun or pronoun (person, place, thing, idea) that a sentence describes. There are three different types of subjects:
SIMPLE SUBJECTS: A noun or pronoun. Easy!
COMPLETE SUBJECTS: This is where some of the extra words fit in . . . a complete subject is a noun or pronoun along with its modifiers.
that guy’s sweet beard
the One Ring
COMPOUND SUBJECTS: It’s just what it sounds like—two or more subjects hooked together.
Amy and Rory
your mom and that guy on the internet
she and I
Not too tough, right? Take a look at your most recent draft and see if you’ve used all three types of subjects. If you haven’t, try editing in a few compound or complete subjects—it’ll give your writing more depth and keep readers interested.
FOR GRAMMAR GEEKS:
For the record, the “modifiers” I’m talking about in complete subjects can include articles and adjectives, and compound subjects get joined together with conjunctions: and/or/nor/but/yet/for/so.
Further Reading/Sources: Grammar & Style at Your Fingertips by Lara M. Robbins
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