Questions Commands Inverted sentences Sentences that begin with here or there
In most questions the subject comes before or between the verb. Like › Is he coming? › Has she been in your class all year? › Does Jim know how to do play? › In each sentence the subject is not in the beginning where you would expect to find it!
When you command someone to do something, do you always say their name? Not usually…You normally would just say, › Come here. › Sit down. › Close your book. › Clean your room.
We don’t name the person because that sounds weird or angry. › You sit down. › You come here. › You close your book. › So we just say there is an imaginary/implied you there. › (YOU)sit down. So you is the subject.
Sometimes when we are speaking or writing, we put the subject after the verb. This type of speech/writing can sound very formal sometimes. Like… › Into the basket swooshed the ball. › Over the hill climbed the wheezing car.
Here is the book about the solar system. There went the boy in my class. It kind of seems like here or there are the subject, but they aren’t. Ask What is here? Who or What went there? The answers are your subjects.