delayed subject

noun

Definition of delayed subject

: a subject following its verb when an expletive or an anticipatory subject precedes (as five people in “there are five people here” or to believe that in “it is easy to believe that”)

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“Delayed subject.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delayed%20subject. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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