What is the subject and object in this sentence?


What is the subject and what is object in this sentence "A doctor, please!" ?

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edited Feb 17 at 09:38 Steve New member

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As Lewis has told you, that is not a sentence in English. There is no verb, or subject or object as such. In German, where cases for nouns are obligatory, the assumprion appears to have been made that the sntence is an abbreviated form of 'I would like to see a doctor, please', In that sentence, 'I' is the subject and 'a doctor' the object.  However, we do not need to make such assumptions in English. There is simply no usbject or object in 'A doctor, please'.

link comment edited Feb 17 at 11:01 Jed Grammarly Fellow

There's no subject, object, or verb. This isn't a sentence.

link answered Feb 17 at 09:58 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Thanks, but I am still confused.

In the sentence here: <a href="http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/donald-trump-eine-pressekonferenz-zum-gruseln-kommentar-a-1134996.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/donald-trump-eine-pressekonferenz-zum-gruseln-kommentar-a-1134996.html</a>

The headline is "Einen Arzt, bitte!" that translates to "A doctor, please!", but "Artz" (doctor) is masculine in German so it should be "Ein Arzt, bitte!" but "Ein" has been declined to "Einen" meaning that it is the accusative case and the doctor is the object of the sentence.

Thus my question - what is the subject and object of the sentence, for something that in English isn't in a traditional Subject-Verb-Object structure.

SteveFeb 17 at 10:08

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