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DUMMY SUBJECT/ ARTIFICIAL SUBJECT: TENSE CHAPTER 5 A

The lesson covers the following topics-

WHAT IS A DUMMY SUBJECT ?

Dummy Subject

Dummy means – an artificial structure of any real object.

Now as we all know that in the formation of a sentence,

we need three basic things. 

Subject+Verb+Object

 But sometimes, we find the subject missing in our sentence or we must say, the Subject is used somewhere else in the clause. In such conditions, we need a word in the form of a subject to complete our sentences. 

Thus,” The words that help us to complete the structure of our sentence, in the absence of the real subject are called DUMMY SUBJECTS.”

That’s why Dummy Subject is well known by the following names as well-

  1. Artificial Subject
  2. False Subject
  3. Empty Subject
  4. Introductory Subject

Thus, there are two words which help us in the absence of our real subject.

  1. IT
  2. THERE 

Dummy Subject or Dummy Pronoun

 As we know that a Subject is always a noun or pronoun, and Dummy Subjects take the place of the Subject and the pronoun is always replaced with a noun so they are called Dummy Pronouns as well.

Need of Dummy Subjects

Dummy Subjects are needed in the following conditions 

a. When we are not sure- a thing, person or place exists.

There is a huge banyan tree in my village

It’s not only luck that leads you to success.

b. When we are not sure about the gender

Your baby is very sweet. Its smile is cute. 

There is a lot of noise in the classroom.

It’s getting a bit dark now.

c. When we have to give details about the date, day, time, year or weather.

It’s 7 o’clock by my watch.

There was blowing harsh wind yesterday.

d. When we have to introduce a person, place or thing at the beginning of the story. 

There lived a great king in the city of Hastinapur.

There were two lions in a forest. 

Now in the next chapters, we’’ll continue the lesson with different uses of Dummy subjects separately. 

Uses of It

Uses of There

Till than let’s make a quick revision with the following short quiz to understand how much we learnt about Dummy Subjects.

QUIZ

How much you know about 

DUMMY SUBJECT

Check yourselves with this short quiz-


Published by Buds of Wisdom

I am Meena Kumari, PGT(English)+ B.ed. Teaching is my passion. Love to guide students in Grammar Learning and build up their writing skills.

3 thoughts on “DUMMY SUBJECT/ ARTIFICIAL SUBJECT: TENSE CHAPTER 5 A

  1. 💎 – Diamond Hard – 💎

    💎 If it doesn’t VIBRATE!!! 📳 on a Compatible Frequency it’s a “DUMMY SUBJECT/ ARTIFICIAL SUBJECT”

    💎 – Diamond Hard – 💎

    …💎💎💎…

  2. It’s fun attempting the quiz and a very interesting topic, a favorite of mine, English Grammar. You are doing a great job. 😊😊

    1. Thank you so much Ma’am , wish for me I could manage my time for posting Grammar lessons on the daily bases. I have also read some of your stories, they are really very good . I learnt a lot of good vocabulary also from your stories 😊😊

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