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    sharanbr is offline Junior Member
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    subject and object

    I generally ask who and what inorder to identify subject and object of a sentence. For example,
    e.g. Jacob told the truth
    Who told the truth. It is Jacob.
    What did Jacob tell. It is truth.

    But look at the foll sentence :
    smoking appeared to be the cause of the blaze

    I cannot ask the qeustion who ... in this case.
    So I ask
    Smoking appeared to be the cause of what ? (blaze)
    what appeared to be the cause of blaze ? (smoking)

    How to identify subject and object in such cases ?

    Regards


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    Re: subject and object

    (A person) smoking was the cause of the blaze.

    In this case a person or persons is the understood subject because animals and things do not smoke.

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