Subject of the sentence?


"Pacific Overtures was the first musical I saw."


I need to find the subject of this sentence, however I am puzzled. When a sentence contains a linking verb and an action verb (was and saw), which noun is the subject, "I" or "Pacific Overtures"? I also wondered if "musical" was the subject, as it would be the predicate nominative. Please answer as soon as possible.

asked Feb 25 '14 at 23:00 Celestial Badger New member

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Your confusion stems from a word in the sentence that is understood.

Pacific Overtures was the first musical [that] I saw.


'That I saw' is a dependent clause modifying 'musical'. 'I' is the subject of 'saw', but the subject of the sentence is 'Pacific Overtures'.   Titles of plays are italicized, so the sentence should be written:


Pacific Overtures was the first musical that I saw.

link comment answered Feb 27 '14 at 00:03 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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