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What would you say the following sentences are about?
Dorothy Parker was a writer who lived in New York.

Dorothy Parker wrote reviews, poems, short stories, plays and screenplays.

In 1937, Dorothy Parker won an Academy Award.

Clearly, those sentences are about Dorothy Parker. You might say that she is the subject being discussed here. In grammatical terms also, the subject of each sentence is "Dorothy Parker."

The subject of a sentence tells us what person, place, thing, or idea the sentence is about.
The subject is made of a noun (or a group of nouns) and its modifiers.
In most English sentences and clauses, the subject comes before the predicate.


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