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    Default What is the subject of this sentence?

    I just read an article about Beckham, the English soccer player.

    "The LA Galaxy haven't got any proper games for a while now, so the only way Beckham can stay fit - and perhaps keep his spot in the England squad - is if he plays for another team."

    Is "the only way Backham can stay fit" the subject? Is "is" verb? And if so, what is the only way Backham stay fit?

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    Default Re: What is the subject of this sentence?

    Yes, "way" is the subject, "is" is the verb, and the noun phrase that should provide the balance is not the best grammar -- I would rewrite it is "to play for another team" with the infinitive "to" clause acting as a noun phrase.

    He will stay fit only if he plays for another team.
    The way he can stay fit is to play for another team.

    {not a teacher and not even a soccer/football fan}

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