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What is the subject of this clause?which is Donnie's favorite subject

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lobstergurly125 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 2, 2009 at 11:59 PM via web

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What is the subject of this clause?

which is Donnie's favorite subject

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 3, 2009 at 2:46 AM (Answer #1)

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Generally, it would be a sentence that has a subject, not a clause.  Using the subject as the main thing that the clause is about, the subject of this clause would be the word “subject”.  Donnie is an adjective, as is the word favorite.  Both of these two words (Donnie and favorite) describe the word subject.  Therefore, the subject of this clause is SUBJECT. 

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electro | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 3, 2009 at 3:30 AM (Answer #2)

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(x)= which is Donnie's favorite subject

well I don't know if we can apply the PSR -phrase structure rules- or the X' Theory. But if it is the case, then the wh- word is the subject ==> "which" is the grammatical subject of the clause

however, "subject" is considered as the logical sbj of the clause & the grammatical object of (x)

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