2006Questions about subjects/prepositions
Hi there, in the example:
"My dog, along with her seven puppies, has chewed all of the stuffing out of the sofa cushions."
The first, though not the most important, thing is if the puppies were part of the subject "has" would be changed to 'have'.
They say that my dog is the only subject. Here is the reasoning below:
"Here, both my dog and her seven puppies are chewing on the sofa, but because the puppies are part of the prepositional phrase along with her seven puppies, the only word that counts as the subject is dog."
If the puppies were part of the subject, we would have, based on the grammar and punctuation of the sentence, a main subject "My dog" and a lesser subject "her seven puppies". I don't think this is ever allowed in English.
So it has been decided by the powers that be that the prepositional phrase can never be considered to be part of the subject.
MY QUESTION---How does that work? I mean, if the dog and puppes are chewing, then isn't that whole entire phrase really the subject, not necessarily not just my dog? We understand it as my dog and puppies doing the action so how can that be. Please explain???
Here is the link to the site, thanks
Finally, the last two senteces in your link are other examples showing that a prepositional phrase cannot be a subject. So maybe that is just a rule.
But I think the main reason "her seven puppies" is not part of the subject is that a sentence cannot have a major subject and a minor subject. It can only have one subject, and all parts of the subject, as in a compound subject, are equally important.
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