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  1. Subjects in Unusual Positions

  2. Subjects in Unusual Positions • In most cases, the subject is placed before the verb.

  3. Subjects in Unusual Positions • In some sentences, however, the subject appears after the verb. • In other sentences, the subject is not stated at all.

  4. Inverted Sentences • In an inverted sentence, the subject appears after the verb or between the words that make up the verb phrase.

  5. Inverted Sentences • EX: In his garden grew an 800-pound pumpkin. (An 800-pound pumpkin grew in his garden)

  6. Inverted Sentences • EX: Never had the neighbors seen such a squash! (The neighbors had never seen such a squash!)

  7. Sentences Beginning with Here or There • When a sentence begins with here or there, the subject usually follows the verb.

  8. Sentences Beginning with Here or There • Here and there are almost never the subject of a sentence.

  9. Sentences Beginning with Here or There • Here and there usually function as adverbs of place that modify by answering the question where?

  10. Questions • In most questions, the subject appears after the verb or between the words that make up the verb phrase.

  11. Questions • Was the cabbage large? (Subject after verb)

  12. Questions • Didyou see it? (Subject inside verb phrase)

  13. Questions • In many questions that begin with whom, what, or how many, the subject falls between the parts of the verb (EX: How many pounds did the cabbage weigh?

  14. Imperative Sentences • The subject of an imperative sentence is always you. • EX: Don’t complain.

  15. Practice • Where can you get a good cabbage these days? • Come to the annual cabbage competition in Palmer, Alaska.

  16. Practice • There is hot competition for the $4,000 first prize.

  17. Practice • Who grew the biggest cabbage? • To Lesley Dinkel goes the title.

  18. Practice • Among his many triumphs was a 98-pound master. • Do the winners have advice for the rest of us gardeners?

  19. Practice • Here is their best advice. • Protect your cabbages from moose. • How can you argue with advice like that?