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Which/the subject

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Which/the subject
Message from mohammad51 posted on 19-01-2022 at 15:11:32 (D | E | F)
Hello
Please, if anyone could help
Thank you in advance
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Which is the subject in the following sentence?

There are lots of reasons why the road shouldn't be built

Please just think with me how I explain

I know many likely say the word ( reasons) = the subject, however, just look how I explain

inverted order

Some writers online say there = the subject or dummy subject.

For me, I want something is real not a dummy one!

I never agree with them, because if ( there) = the subject then the verb after it will not change whether a plural noun or a singular noun comers after.

Suppose I rewrite in this way :

Why the road shouldn't be built, was due to lots of reasons.

So, lots of reasons is not the subject

Why the road shouldn't built = noun clause ( subject)


Re: Which/the subject from mohammad51, posted on 20-01-2022 at 12:07:04 (D | E)
Hello
I answer my question this time
Though some people pretend ( there or here ) = subject and though saying it can act as a pronoun, and however, they lastly surrender to say ( is dummy pronoun ) i.e ( not real ), so I want to add only one logical reason :

If there or here = subject, why then the verb agrees with the noun comes after there or here ?

if the noun = singular, the verb should be singular as well, and it is the same with plural.


For my question : Which is the subject ?

There are lots of reasons why the road should not have built.

This is a complex sentence. It contains main clause ( There are lots of reasons ) and a subordinate clause ( why the road ..)
We know the subordinate clause can't stand alone and the meaning is always in the main clause.

The main verb and the main subject are always in the main clause ( principal)
So, omit the subordinate or don't think of it, so that you don't get confused.

Clearly and undoubtedly : lots of reasons = the subject




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