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Subject and Object

Get a memory trick from a grammar expert to remember the difference between a subject and object.

By
Mignon Fogarty

 

To figure out things such as when to use who or whom or lay or lie, you need to be able to identify the subject and object of a sentence.

Fortunately, it's easy! The subject is the person or thing doing something, and the object is having something done to it.

Just remember the sentence I love you.

I is the subject of the sentence. You is the object of the sentence and also the object of my affection. How’s that? You are the object of my affection and the object of my sentence. It’s like a Valentine’s Day card and grammar trick all rolled into one.


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About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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