Identifying the Subject of a Clause

One of the first skills that you must learn is how to identify the subject of a clause or sentence.

To identify the subject, start by simplifying the sentence as much as possible. (For example, you have already learned that articles and possessives do not get treated as separate words, but instead are "clumped" together with the word that they describe).

Once you have simplified the sentence as much as possible, identifying the subject is easy:

Study the following examples:

Subject Predicate

The dog

chased the rabbit.

The singer

is talented.


found a diamond ring.

Bob's car

sped around the corner.

My cat

loves fish.


For Advanced Learners:

Is it true that the subject always come first?

Yes, 99% of the time.

What happens if you don't put the subject first?

Three things might happen:

The important thing to remember is that these are exceptions, not the rule.

Instructions for the Quiz:

Identify the subject of the sentence.

Hint: This quiz should be ridiculously easy, as long as you remember the rule: