Subjects in numbers and persons
Subjects can be classified on the basis of “Numbers” and “Persons”
On the basis of “numbers” it can be classified into “Singular and Plural” subjects.
- Singular subjects
If the subject of a sentence is only “one” person or thing in “number”, then the subject is said to be “singular”.
eg: George plays violin beautifully.
Here, the “do-er” of the verb “play” is only “George” and there is nobody with him to do the verb.
So we can say that the subject “George” is “singular” in the sentence.
Let’s go through a similar sentence
The train stops at every station.
Without any delay, we can say that the subject “Train” is singular as we mention about only one train in the sentence.
- Plural subjects
Let’s look at the following examples.
- John and Mathew often meet at club
- Three men came into the room and kidnapped the boy
- Songs always make us peace and calm
In the first sentence the subject of the verb is both “John” and “Mathew” ( two in numbers), in the second one “Three men” (three in numbers ) is the subject and in the third one “songs ( more than three in numbers ) is the subject.
Any way the subjects in the sentences are, on the whole, more than one in numbers.
So we can say, the subjects more than one in numbers are called Plural subjects.
On the basis of ” Persons “ subjects can be divided into ” three ” , such as
- First Person,
- Second Person and
- Third Person subjects.
1. First Person subjects
There are only two First Person subjects, that is ” I ” and ” We”
eg. I study Grammar,
We dream of being proficient in Grammar.
2. Second Person subject
There is only ‘one’ Second Person subject that is, ” You “
3. Third Person Subjects
The subjects except ” I “, ” We “, and ” You” are considered as Third Person subjects.
eg. He, She, They, It, etc
Subjects in Persons at a glance
First Person Second Person Third Person
I You He
First person singular subject is ‘ I ‘,
First person plural subject is ‘ We ‘
Second person ‘ You ‘ is always considered as a ‘ plural subject ‘.
So we have studied that on the basis of numbers subjects can be categorized as singular and plural and on the basis of persons subjects can be classified as First, second and third persons.