Subjects in Unusual Positions • In most cases, the subject is placed before the verb.
Subjects in Unusual Positions • In some sentences, however, the subject appears after the verb. • In other sentences, the subject is not stated at all.
Inverted Sentences • In an inverted sentence, the subject appears after the verb or between the words that make up the verb phrase.
Inverted Sentences • EX: In his garden grew an 800-pound pumpkin. (An 800-pound pumpkin grew in his garden)
Inverted Sentences • EX: Never had the neighbors seen such a squash! (The neighbors had never seen such a squash!)
Sentences Beginning with Here or There • When a sentence begins with here or there, the subject usually follows the verb.
Sentences Beginning with Here or There • Here and there are almost never the subject of a sentence.
Sentences Beginning with Here or There • Here and there usually function as adverbs of place that modify by answering the question where?
Questions • In most questions, the subject appears after the verb or between the words that make up the verb phrase.
Questions • Was the cabbage large? (Subject after verb)
Questions • Didyou see it? (Subject inside verb phrase)
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?
Imperative Sentences • The subject of an imperative sentence is always you. • EX: Don’t complain.
Practice • Where can you get a good cabbage these days? • Come to the annual cabbage competition in Palmer, Alaska.
Practice • There is hot competition for the $4,000 first prize.
Practice • Who grew the biggest cabbage? • To Lesley Dinkel goes the title.
Practice • Among his many triumphs was a 98-pound master. • Do the winners have advice for the rest of us gardeners?
Practice • Here is their best advice. • Protect your cabbages from moose. • How can you argue with advice like that?