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    I'd be very grateful if you could let me know what part of speech
    the word "subject" is in the following sentence:

    Yet the availability of human embryos for the production of stem cells
    is limited and subject to considerable ethical controversy and legal restrictions.

    I need this piece of information for a project I am writing. I think it is an adjective, but
    I'm not certain. The more examples I read in dictionaries (e.g. Oxford English Dictionary),
    the more confused I am.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Default Re: the word "subject" part of speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Slawek View Post
    I'd be very grateful if you could let me know what part of speech
    the word "subject" is in the following sentence:

    Yet the availability of human embryos for the production of stem cells
    is limited and subject to considerable ethical controversy and legal restrictions.

    I need this piece of information for a project I am writing. I think it is an adjective, but
    I'm not certain. The more examples I read in dictionaries (e.g. Oxford English Dictionary),
    the more confused I am.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    I think that it depends how you read the sentence, at first I thought it was an adjective, but on reflection I'd say it's a verb.

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    Default Re: the word "subject" part of speech

    Thank you for all your replies.

    That is exactly my problem bhaisahab. I cannot make my mind up
    whether it's an adjective or a verb. The problem is I have to be
    specific with regard to that. Maybe I shall toss a coin.

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    Default Re: the word "subject" part of speech

    Hello Slawek

    Adjective: subject to ____
    Verb: (to) subject ____ to ____


    Adjective
    Yet the availability ... is limited and [is] subject
    to considerable ethical controversy and legal restrictions.

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    Hello Soup,

    Many thanks for the explanation.

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    Default Re: the word "subject" part of speech

    They are also pronounced differently.
    "to be subject to" is an adjective.
    The verb is stressed: "to subject something to"

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