Grammar Lesson: Complete and Simple Subjects
- The complete subject (the noun or pronoun that performs the action) contains all the words that help to identify the main person, place, thing, or idea in the sentence.
- The simple subject is the main word within the complete subject.
The complete subject in each sentence is italicized.
- Many teachers and two principals from our school attended the musical concert.
- Giraffes and monkeys in the local zoo captured the children's interest yesterday.
- This novel's last few chapters are replete with great sensory language.
The simple subject is italicized in each of these sentences.
- This taco from the local store was quite tasty.
- Some people never cease to amaze me.
- These two swimmers graduated from the same high school.
- Around the corner is the local theater.
In each sentence, underline the complete subject and circle the simple subject.
- Threatening skies changed our picnic plans.
- Many engineers from neighboring communities have visited our sanitation plant over the last few years.
- Huge trucks blocked our roadway for an hour during last week's terrible snowstorm.
- The Padres will win the championship in our local softball league this season.
- The talented actress signed autographs for thirty minutes after the play
- Complete subject: Threatening skies; Simple subject: skies
- Complete subject: Many engineers from neighboring communities; Simple subject: engineers
- Complete subject: Huge trucks; Simple subject: trucks
- Complete subject: The Padres; Simple subject: Padres
- Complete subject: The talented actress; Simple subject: actress