'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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