Son: "Well, I'm pretty sure that the subject is English, but
would it be the same for every sentence?"
Mom: "First of all, the subject of a sentence would be the
person, place or thing that the sentence is about. Secondly, English
is the course you are trying to conquer."
Son: "But my notebook said 'Subject' on the front and you
told me to write 'English' there."
Mom: "Indeed I did, but there wasn't a sentence for you to
dissect, was there? What's the first sentence you have?"
Son: "Eat fruit or vegetables at every meal."
Mom (smiling): "Really? I like your English book!"
Son: "Why? It's not like English people know anything about
Mom (sarcastically): "I'm sure you know more 'English people'
than I do."
Son: "Yep... So... if it's not 'English,' what is the
Mom: "The subject is 'you.'"
Mom: "No. 'You.'"
Son (disparagingly): "Oh come on, Mom. That word isn't even
in the sentence. You just want me to eat more vegetables."
Mom: "Very true, but 'you' is understood."
Son (tentatively): "I don't understand."
Mom: "In the sentence, 'you' is understood."