This question really stems from technical writing (police reports). Can you start a sentence with the word "Subject?"
eg. Subject stated that he did not know.
Or should it be, The subject stated that he did not know. ?
Last edited by Pokemon; 18-Sep-2010 at 21:59.
In police reports or notes made by a private investigator, brevity is key - both for speed of recording facts and to save the time of those who have to read them.
Standard English goes out of the window here.
When writing notes or reports in many law-enforcement agencies, the normal rules of grammar don't necessarily apply.
Subject known to police = The subject is known to the police.
Subject arrested 1028hrs = The subject was arrested at 10.28am.