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    Default subjected to ,subject to , the subject

    Please tell me which one seems to be correct,and also if all the three are ok,

    what's difference between them.

    Many children are subjected to / subject to / the subject of their parent's violence.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Default Re: subjected to ,subject to , the subject

    Quote Originally Posted by majid72 View Post
    Please tell me which one seems to be correct,and also if all the three are ok,

    what's difference between them.

    Many children are subjected to / subject to / the subject of their parent's violence.

    Thanks in advance.
    subjected to -> the violence actually happens
    subject to -> the violence might happen
    (If you're accustomed to describing your own verbs - in your own language - in terms of 'the indicative' and 'the subjunctive', that analogy may help.)

    With 'the subject of', you need to express the certainty/possibility with a verb.

    Examples:

    The bar was subjected to immense strain, but did not break.
    Trains during the holiday period are subject to delay.


    [This last example shows an area where you may find confusing counter-examples. Train operators often say 'may be subject to delay' when they mean 'may be delayed [because they are subject to delay]'. This sort of mealy-mouthed euphemism really makes me want to spit! ]

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