Last night I was chatting with a cousin-in-law. He used the word dearth. I had never heard of the word. And I was too embarrassed to ask the meaning. So I wrote the word down on a piece of paper with the intent to use it for today’s post.
What the heck is a subject noun? In all my days of learning how to write I have never heard of a “subject noun.” Hum . . . I guess I better start searching for the answer to my question.
Well, I finally found a definition that was easy to understand. According to WiseGeek.com:
A subject noun is the subject of a sentence and usually, but not always, comes before the main verb in a sentence. The subject performs the action described by the verb and can be identified in a sentence by the answer to the question “who did it?” or “what did it?” A noun is a name word used for a person, thing, animal, or something abstract and these nouns can function in a sentence as a subject, a subject or object complement, direct or indirect object, an adjective, adverb or appositive.
Parts of speech defines how words are being used. In my next post I will discuss how words can work as a noun in one sentence, and how that same word can be used as a verb or even an adjective in a different sentence structure.