Definition of grammatical subject
: a term (as a pronoun) in a sentence that occupies the position of the subject in normal English word order and anticipates a subsequent word or phrase that specifies the actual substantive content (as it in the sentence “it is sometimes hard to do right”) —called also formal subject —distinguished from logical subject
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