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    #1

    Subject

    There was rejoicing throughout the land when the government was defeated.

    where is the subject here?
    i don't thing there is the subject.


    THANKS IN ADVANCE


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    #2

    Re: Subject

    The 'ing' of the word 'rejoicing' is misleading you into thinking it's some other part of speech, not a noun e.g. 'a singing lesson' , 'he is being silly'

    The verb is 'rejoice' and the noun is 'rejoicing', and is the subject of your sentence.


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    #3

    Re: Subject

    aha
    I find it wierd that it came after was.

    so can i say that when ever i see a sentence that starts with

    there (be) noun -the subject comes next

    could u give me those sentences that are wierd like this?

    there i think it's an adverb


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    #4

    Re: Subject

    There is reading, writing and arithmetic studied in primary school.

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    #5

    Re: Subject

    There was rejoicing throughout the land when the government was defeated.

    rejoicing / was
    ("throughout the land . . . . defeated" is an adverbial phrase modifying was. It answers "where")


    Here is your bill.

    bill / is


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    #6

    Re: Subject

    Quote Originally Posted by fantastic View Post

    there i think it's an adverb
    In such sentences 'there' functions as a formal introductory subject. In your sentence 'rejoicing' is a notional subject.

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