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    Inanimate Object used as a Subject

    Hello Everyone!

    My teacher asks me to research about "Inanimate Object" used as a Subject in a sentence. I don't really have any idea about this. I would be very glad if someone can help me on this grammar. I want sample sentences and explanation. I'm looking forward to learning this grammar from you. Many thanks!

    Juls

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    Re: Inanimate Object used as a Subject

    I'm fairly sure that your teacher, when he/she said "Go and research XXX", didn't mean "Go onto a forum and ask the people there to give you the answers". That's not research and you will learn nothing if you don't do the work yourself.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Inanimate Object used as a Subject

    I think 'research' is gathering different pieces of information from different sources. Am I right?

    So when I posted my question here, I was hopeful that I could get something aside from my other sources.
    By the way, I joined this forum hoping that this site would be much friendlier, much more educational and helpful. It sounds like not. :(
    Last edited by davidjuls; 30-Jan-2015 at 11:22.

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    Re: Inanimate Object used as a Subject

    Quote Originally Posted by davidjuls View Post
    I think 'research' is gathering different pieces of information from different sources. Am I right?

    So when I posted my question here, I was hopeful that I could get something aside from my other sources.
    By the way, I joined this forum hoping that this site would be much friendlier and much more educational. It sounds like not. :(
    Well, there's an example of a sentence with an inanimate object as the subject: "The English as a Second Language Forum is not a very friendly place."

    (I don't agree with that statement, of course.)

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    Re: Inanimate Object used as a Subject

    Quote Originally Posted by davidjuls View Post
    Hello Everyone!

    My teacher asks me to research about "Inanimate Object" used as a Subject in a sentence. I don't really have any idea about this. I would be very glad if someone can help me on this grammar. I want sample sentences and explanation. I'm looking forward to learning this grammar from you. Many thanks!

    Juls
    You shouldn't have said that it was from your teacher. However, I'll try to help you. Here is the example: "The light illuminates many people."
    "The" and "many"--> article/determiner
    light --> inanimate (subject)
    illuminate --> verb
    people --> animate (object)

    I'm not a teacher
    Last edited by Boris Richard; 30-Jan-2015 at 15:36.

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


    Hello, Boris:

    I was just wondering: Did you accidentally forget the "s" in "The light illuminates many people"?



    James

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    Re: Inanimate Object used as a Subject

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Boris:

    I was just wondering: Did you accidentally forget the "s" in "The light illuminates many people"?



    James
    Oh, I forgot the "s". Thank you for the correction, James.

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    #8

    Re: Inanimate Object used as a Subject

    Rocks are hard.
    Cars pollute.
    Chemistry is difficult.

    Etc

    Simply choose something that is not alive, which is all that an inanimate noun is, and make it the subject of a sentence.

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    Re: Inanimate Object used as a Subject

    Absent people's names, the vast majority of nouns are inanimate objects. This should not be difficult.

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