subject predicate


'stone walls do not make a prison' what is subject and predicate in this sentence.... ???? pls justify the answer too.... :/

subject predicate asked Jun 07 '13 at 12:45 parneet atwal New member

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I would agree to your comment where you mentioned that the 'prison' is the subject in the given sentence, as this sentence is an adage so it can be confusing.


Now if we take the sentence:


All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.


Obviously, Jack is the subject here as the sentence is mentioning about him, just like in your sentence, the prison is being described.


Hope my justification is justified. :)

link answered Jun 08 '13 at 06:07 Anūp Chakravartī New member

thank you so much... :)

parneet atwalJun 08 '13 at 12:35

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walls - subject; do make - predicate ("not") is never a verb. Prison - direct object

link answered Jun 08 '13 at 11:43 Terry Long New member

thank you so much.... i got it... :)

parneet atwalJun 08 '13 at 12:35

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I understand your confusion when you say that "prison" seems as though it should be the subject.  I think it would help if we clarify the difference between "subject" and "topic."  The topic of the sentence "Stone walls do not make a prison" may well be prisons, especially if the paragraph this sentence is in is also about prisons.  However, the subject of a sentence is a grammatical feature; the subject is the person or thing doing the action of the verb. 


In your original sentence, "Stone walls do not make a prison," "stone walls" is the grammatical subject of the sentence.  If we turn the sentence around to this, "Prisons are more than stone walls," the word "prisons" is the grammatical subject.  However, in both sentences, the topic is "prisons."

link answered Jun 09 '13 at 05:00 Dr. G Contributor

Thank you so much for clearing my doubt through detailed explanation.... I got it.... :))

parneet atwalJun 09 '13 at 05:35

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When you ask us to justify the answer, it sure seems like a homework assignment.  Further evidence that you are looking for someone else to do your work is the lazy manner of your question. 


All sentences begin with a capital letter and end with one punctuation mark.  "Pls" is not a word.  Practice writing properly to avoid appearing lazy. 


If you are instead looking for someone to help you understand how to find the subject and predicate, here is a handy page that explains both:

Also, Schoolhouse Rock explains in a simplified way:

link answered Jun 07 '13 at 14:49 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Actually it is not my home assignment I am just confused about it. I think in this sentence we are talking about Prison (I think it should be the subject) but in the book Stone walls is given as subject I am so confused about it so I asked for the justification. (and I am still confused about it)Now my sentence is beginning with a capital letter and ending with a punctuation mark. Hope I am not appearing lazy right now.

parneet atwalJun 08 '13 at 05:52

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I can only second Patty T!

link comment answered Jun 08 '13 at 02:15 Elin Tomov Contributor

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