The lesson covers the following topics-
WHAT IS A 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.
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-
- Artificial Subject
- False Subject
- Empty Subject
- Introductory Subject
Thus, there are two words which help us in the absence of our real subject.
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.