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    Subject nouns

    Can you help me understand the diffrenece between a regular noun and a subject noun?
    Please include example sentances. :) thankyou

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    Re: Subject nouns

    Nouns are people, places, and things. That's their form, what they look like. They also have a function, which means what they do in a sentence. Nouns have four basic functions:

    1. As a subject
    Ex: The box is red.
    => Subjects usually come before the verb.

    2. As an object
    Ex: I see the box.
    => Objects usually come after the verb.

    3. As an object of a preposition
    Ex: Look at the picture on the box.
    => Preposition describe everthing a cat can do; e.g., a cat can go in, on, over, under, beside, next to, etc.

    4. As an adjective
    Ex: My doghouse.
    => Adjectives answer the question what kind of?; e.g., what kind of house? A house for a dog.

    In short,

    Regular noun: box (it's a thing)
    Subject noun: The box is red. (it functions as the subject of the sentence.)


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    Re: Subject nouns

    Omg thankyou that makes me feel better about my midterms :)

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    Re: Subject nouns

    You're welcome.

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    Angry Re: Subject nouns

    Is there anything wrong with these 2 sentences

    1. It was many years ago
    2. It was several years ago


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    Re: Subject nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Nouns are people, places, and things. That's their form, what they look like. ... Nouns have four basic functions:



    4. As an adjective
    Ex: My doghouse.
    => Adjectives answer the question what kind of?; e.g., what kind of house? A house for a dog.
    Admittedly, parsing is not my long suit, Soup. Is 'dog' an adjective? Isn't this simply a compound word/noun?

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    Re: Subject nouns

    Good question. It's a compound, right, and both words are nouns in form; the word dog tells us what kind of house, which makes dog an adjective in function; Cf. well-made an adverb+verb compound in form that functions as a adjective.

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