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    Default Please help me identify the Subject

    I found the following sentence in a news article.

    Very, very serious problem in Russia being addressed in a new way.

    Please explain the syntax of the above sentence.

    And what difference would the sentence make if an "is" was placed before being. As in, Very serious problem in Russia is being addressed in a new way.

    Could you please give me few examples with the similar syntax. But, with a few possible variations.

    Kindly oblige.

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    Default Re: Please help me identify the Subject

    Quote Originally Posted by EEL View Post
    I found the following sentence in a news article.

    A very, very serious problem in Russia is being addressed in a new way.

    Please explain the syntax of the above sentence.

    And what difference would the sentence make if an "is" was placed before being. As in, Very serious problem in Russia is being addressed in a new way.

    Could you please give me few examples with the similar syntax. But, with a few possible variations.

    Kindly oblige.
    The grammar in original is wrong if it is supposed to be a complete sentence. And it's too long to be a proper headline. So I don't know what the author had in mind.

    The subject is problem. It's in the passive. We don't know who is addressing (trying to fix) the problem, because the people are are "doing" something are not named. However, the grammatical subject is problem. A problem is being addressed.

    A very, very serious problem in Russia is the complete subject.

    You are quite correct to add the "is." It's not grammatical (as a full sentence) without it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Please help me identify the Subject

    Quote Originally Posted by EEL View Post
    I found the following sentence in a news article.

    Very, very serious problem in Russia being addressed in a new way.

    Please explain the syntax of the above sentence.

    And what difference would the sentence make if an "is" was placed before being. As in, Very serious problem in Russia is being addressed in a new way.

    Could you please give me few examples with the similar syntax. But, with a few possible variations.

    Kindly oblige.

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    (1) The moderator has given you and me the answer.

    (2) If I were forced to "fix" that sentence, I would have to say

    something like:

    It is a very, very serious problem in Russia (that) is being

    addressed in a new way.

    I guess:

    It = subject.

    is = linking verb.

    a very, very serious problem in Russia = subjective complement

    (refers to "it").

    that is being addressed in a new way. = adjective clause that

    modifies "problem."

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    Default Re: Please help me identify the Subject

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    And it's too long to be a proper headline.
    Subtitle or chapter perhaps?

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    Thank you

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