In literature, what is a subject?
A part of every sentence. The subject tells what the sentence is about; it contains the main noun or noun phrase.
A subject is the person, place, thing, or idea the writing is about.
Each sentence has a subject in it. Subjects are generally at the beginning of a sentence and are always a noun. Subjects can be classified in two ways:
Simple Subject, in which only the person, place, thing, or idea that the sentence is about is marked.
Complete Subject, in which the beginning of the sentence to the last word before the verb is marked.
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To find a subject, you have to look for a noun that the sentence is about. For instance, in the sentence "Claire ran a mile", Claire is the person doing the action in the sentence. The object, person, place, or idea who is doing the action is always the subject. In our sentence, Claire is the one who ran.
There can sometimes be more than one subject in a sentence. This is called compound subject. For instance, in the sentence "The boys and the girls played outside" both the boys and the girls are playing. Therefore, both of them would be considered the subjects.
I hope that this makes sense. If you have any more questions let me know.