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Offline Jay

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PPs functioning as Subject
« on: February 22, 2019, 04:23:04 am »
I have heard that PPs (Prepositional Phrases) can function as Subject.
For example, just like this sentece: 'Under the stairs was a safe area to be during the war.'

However, in my opinion, I don't understand the difference between the Inversion and that function.
I think that the sentence's original Subject is 'a safe area', but for emphasizing the PP, it comes forward.
Thus, I think, It is not functioning as Subject but emphasizing the meaning if the PPs are placed on Subject slots.

I believe that only Noun Phrase, To-infinitival, That-clause, gerund are able to be Subject, not Adverb and Prepositional Phrase.
Can you please check whether my generalization is correct?

Thank you very much,

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