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In the sentence

The development of a new drug for the treatment of variety of nervous system disorders indicates that the university's research funding is producing real results.

As i am confused about how the phrase "the development" could be the subject( as i see it to be an action). I am more inclined towards "new drug" to be the subject. "

Also in what conditions the whole phrase The development of a new drug can be the subject ?
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Re: Confused about the subject [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2012, 13:07
The development of a new drug for the treatment of variety of nervous system disorders indicates that the university's research funding is producing real results.

The development--indicates is the main Subject --verb pair in the sentence and

of a new drug is the prepositional phrase which modifies the noun/main subject development

in a sentence the noun/pronoun within the prepositional phrase CANNOT be the MAIN subject of the sentence. Thus main verb indicates agrees with development and NOT DRUGS

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Re: Confused about the subject   [#permalink] 22 Dec 2012, 13:07
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