grammatical subject

noun

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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“Grammatical subject.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grammatical%20subject. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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