What's the subject? Is it "Moses leading the children ..." or is it "Moses?"

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Moses leading the children of Israel out of Egyptian slavery is a good example of how easy it is to lose focus.

 

 

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I don't mean that "Moses" is a good example of how easy it is to lose focus.  

asked Sep 10 '13 at 04:57 Susan New member

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Technically, Sanjay is correct, but I want to clarify exactly what is what...

 

It all depends on whether or not you are including adjectives describing the subject as part of your subject.  I, personally, don't.  I call them adjectives.

 

With , "Moses is a good example of how easy it is to lose focus," Moses is your subject.

 

"leading the children of Israel out of Egyptial slavery" is a participial phrase that is describing Moses, and, as such, it is being used as an adjective to describe the subject

 

Maybe reading the sentence like this will help clarify it for you:

Moses, leading the children out of Egyptian slavery, is a good example of how easy it is to lose focus.

 

Since you don't use commas and it is a restrictive clause to example what about Moses is a good example, most teachers (including Sanjay), would probably consider it inexorably interwined with the name, Moses.

link answered Sep 10 '13 at 11:25 Aaron Prejean Expert

Actually, the children of Israel were the ones who lost focus, not Moses. Moses was just leading the people. In that case, what is correct? Thank you all for your suggestions.

SusanSep 10 '13 at 15:49

"when" can start an adjective clause if used appropriately. I would just chance the subject. "The children, when Moses led them out of Egyptian slavery, serve as a good example of how easy it is to lose focus." (I assume what follows will be explaining how the children lost focus.)

Aaron PrejeanSep 10 '13 at 21:47

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