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'Subject' is an example of a homograph - words that have two different pronunciations and two different meanings even though they are spelt the same. Read on to learn more about how to use it as a verb and noun.

‘Subject’ can refer to an area of study usually undertaken when you’re in school.

The noun is pronounced ‘SUB-ject’.

“A: What’s your favourite subject?

B: My favourite subject is English.”

It can also refer to a person or thing that is being discussed or written about.

“The lost dog was the subject of my story.”

The verb is pronounced “sub-JECT.”

It can mean to force something or someone to undergo something usually unpleasant.

“Don’t subject yourself to ridicule.”

“The instructors subjected them to a difficult routine even though it was their first day.”

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