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What is the subject in this sentence: "No one ever laughs at my jokes."
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We can simplify this sentence into the following concept:
(The thing performing the action)(the action)(the thing acted upon)
(No one)(ever laughs at)(my jokes)
This is Subject-verb-object order, or SVO. Most English phrases are in SVO order; if we rearranged it, it would look pretty strange; "At my jokes, no one ever laughs." This is how Yoda talks.
The subject is the person, place or thing that is doing the action; in this case, the subject is "no one". If this seems strange, it's because we're separating the semantic meaning of "no one" from its grammatical meaning; the literal idea of "no one laughing" seems like no action is being performed, yet the action being performed is the act of not laughing.
Posted by caledon on November 11, 2013 at 9:28 PM (Answer #1)
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