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Noun Function 1 - Subjects of Sentences or Clauses

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We reviewed this first function in our overview above: The subject joins with the verb to form the main idea of the sentence. An example will jog your memory. We’ll use our noun-packed sentence, a sentence showing all 10 functions of the noun.

1. Subjects of Sentences

The professor, John Smith, is the noun expert, so yesterday he gave the class his views on the importance of learning to write papers clearly, his students feverishly taking notes on all he said.

Note: In the above sentence, we have another subject of another independent clause (the pronoun he). This additional clause is joined to the sentence by the coordinating conjunction so. More about pronouns and conjunctions in later sections.

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