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    please teach me where the subject of this sentence is?

    I can find "the subject part" of this sentence. Please teach me

    "why let the words of someone having a bad day stop you from doing something great?"

    It seems like "
    "why(do you) let the words of someone having a bad day stop you from doing something great?" to me.

    Is there any rule for this?



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    #2

    Re: please teach me where the subject of this sentence is?

    The subject (you) is implied. Thus, it is:

    Why (should you) let the words of someone having a bad day stop you from doing something great?



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    Re: please teach me where the subject of this sentence is?

    Welcome to the forum, Luke Kim.

    The default font size is adequate for most purposes.

    Let's take a simpler example:

    Statement: 'You hit your sister'.

    Question: 'Why did you hit your sister?'

    In both cases the subject is 'you'.
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    Re: please teach me where the subject of this sentence is?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I have found some information that may interest you, Luke Kim.

    1. "Why do you bother to reply?" It means "You are replying but shouldn't bother to reply."
    2. "Why bother to reply?" That sentence is an abbreviation of #1.

    3. Both sentences are directives. [My note: something like a suggestion or command.]


    Source: Professors Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik in their A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (I have the 1985 edition), page 820.

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    Re: please teach me where the subject of this sentence is?

    Oh, thank you, so is it okay to imply subject whenever I want to?

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    Re: please teach me where the subject of this sentence is?

    Do you think it would be okay that I assume that you can skip the subject when the sentence implied "suggestion"

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    Re: please teach me where the subject of this sentence is?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Kim View Post
    Oh, thank you, so is it okay to imply subject whenever I want to?
    No, not "whenever you want to."

    When the meaning is still clear you can omit a "you" from a sentence. This is normally found in commands (or "suggestions" as Parser puts it.)

    "Come here"
    "Go to your room"
    "Bring me a beer"

    In all of those it is normal to omit the subject, as I have.

    In certain questions, the "you" can also be omitted, as it is understood.

    "Want to go out?"

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