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    Complex Subject

    Hello!
    I would like to ask someone where i can find some information about Complex Subject. At my University we're studying this theme. But I dont understand it properly.
    Can someone explain me this theme, please!!!

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    Re: Complex Subject

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksyu-k View Post
    Hello!
    I would like to ask someone where i can find some information about Complex Subject. At my University we're studying this theme. But I dont understand it properly.
    Can someone explain me this theme, please!!!
    You could start here:
    English Grammar: Subject
    English Grammar - Sentence Construction - Learn English
    Grammar Mishaps: How To Write a Proper Sentence and Proper English Sentence Structure
    The Complex Subject - English Grammar - English - The Free Dictionary Language Forums

    Once you've read those, tell us exactly what troubles you're having.

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    Re: Complex Subject

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksyu-k View Post
    Hello!
    I would like to ask someone where i can find some information about Complex Subject. At my University we're studying this theme. But I dont understand it properly.
    Can someone explain me this theme, please!!!

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    Ksyu-k,


    (1) Thank you very much for your post. Until I read it, I had never

    heard of that term.

    (2) I did some googling and learned a little (very little) that I wish to

    share with you.

    (3) I think (repeat: think) that "complex subject" is another term for

    "split subject," a theory developed by Professor Otto Jespersen. You say

    that you are at the university, so I most respectfully suggest that you

    check out some of Professor Jespersen's books in the library.

    (4) I do not understand university-level grammar, but I think that a

    "complex/ split" subject is something like this:

    (a) "They made me cry."

    If you change that to the passive, you get:

    (b) "I was made to cry."

    Here in American high schools, our books tell us that in (b), the

    subject is "I"; the passive verb is "was made"; and the infinitive

    "to cry" is the complement (it refers to "I").

    It seems that Professor Jespersen feels that the matter is a little

    more complicated than that:

    (a) He says that in "I was made to cry," it is obvious that "was made"

    does not only refer to "I." The meaning of the sentence is not that

    "I was made." He says that the subject is in bold:

    I was made to cry. That is, the split (separated) subject is

    really "I ... to cry." That is what "was made."

    Thanks again for your question. I really learned something new.

  3. Ksenia
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    Re: Complex Subject

    I think that I should thank you!
    To tell the truth I try to catch up with this theme but I still have some troubles!
    In Any way thanks a lot for your information! It can be very useful!

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