The EFC Writer – Subject Types

 

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!

Examples:

I

Steve

she

Tardis

 

COMPLETE SUBJECTS: This is where some of the extra words fit in . . . a complete subject is a noun or pronoun along with its modifiers.

Examples:

your mom

that guy’s sweet beard

the One Ring

 

COMPOUND SUBJECTS: It’s just what it sounds like—two or more subjects hooked together.

Examples:

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.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER DEFINITION:

Merriam-Webster was decidedly less than helpful with the definitions I needed for this post, so instead I humbly offer this: 

Full Definition of TRAMPOLINE

:  a resilient sheet or web (as of nylon) supported by springs in a metal frame and used as a springboard and landing area in tumbling
tram·po·lin·er \-ˈlē-nər, –ˌlē-\ noun
tram·po·lin·ist \-nist\ noun

 

Further Reading/Sources: Grammar & Style at Your Fingertips by Lara M. Robbins

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