1 topic or person under consideration
big, complex, complicated, vast
excellent, fascinating, good, interesting

This chapter deals with a very serious subject.

controversial, delicate, difficult, embarrassing, sensitive, touchy

Work is a taboo subject when we go out for dinner.


I don't wish to discuss it any further—the subject is closed.

different, diverse, various

I read books on different subjects.

books on such diverse subjects as trains and ancient sculpture


Each candidate has to speak for three minutes on her chosen subject.

favourite/favorite, pet (esp. BrE)

Once he gets onto his pet subject there's no stopping him.

control, healthy, human, normal, research, study, test (all science)

research on human subjects

None of the study subjects altered his or her diet in any other way.

cover, debate, discuss, talk about, touch (esp. AmE), touch on

We touched briefly on the subject.

address, deal with, tackle, treat

I wasn't sure how to deal with the delicate subject of money.

examine, explore, have a look at, investigate, look at, look into, pursue

We want to have a fresh look at the difficult subject of corporate fraud.

approach, bring up, broach, get onto, raise

Let's drop the subject since we don't seem to be able to agree.

stick to

I wish he'd stick to the subject.

get off, wander off

She was supposed to be speaking about sales figures, but she kept wandering off the subject.

bring sb back to, get back to, return to

Getting back to the subject of lighting, does anyone have any suggestions for improvements?

change, switch (AmE)

Don't change the subject.

arise, come up

The subject of gambling has come up several times recently.

range from sth to sth

Internet courses on diverse subjects ranging from nursing to computers


I like the way she writes, although I'm not interested in her subject matter.

on a/the subject

While we're on the subject of books, has anyone read ‘The Corrections’?

subject of

the subject of the new painting

a range of subjects

We discussed a wide range of subjects.

a variety of subjects

She touches on a wide variety of subjects.

2 area of study
difficult, easy
compulsory, core, main
additional, optional, special

students of technical subjects

art (AmE), arts (BrE), science

What subjects are you taking (= studying) this year?


The department offers seven different subjects in all.


I have spent a lifetime studying this subject.


those who teach core subjects like English

fail, fail in, pass

She was disappointed to fail in two of her four subjects.


Students are free to drop the subject at age 14.


The syllabus is divided into five subject areas.

in a/the subject

He did well in every subject.

a choice of subject, a choice of subjects

His unusual choice of subjects made it harder to find a job.

a range of subjects
NOTE: Subjects of study
do …  (BrE), read …  (BrE, formal), study … 

She did physics and chemistry at school.

She read classics at Cambridge.

He studied German at school.

She went on to study mathematics at college.

choose … , take … 

I'm taking philosophy and politics this year.

fail … , flunk …  (AmE, informal), pass … 

I failed English.

I flunked math.

Did you pass history?

drop … 

I want to drop linguistics.

lecture in …  (esp. BrE), teach … 

He taught music at a school in Cuba.

a … degree, a degree in … , a diploma in … 

a law degree

a higher diploma in fine art

 … class,  … course,  … lecture,  … lesson (esp. BrE)

The genetics lectures are on a different campus.

a/the … department, a/the department of … 

All queries should be addressed to the Department of Architecture.

 … graduate,  … student,  … undergraduate

Some architecture graduates gain further qualifications in specialist fields.

 … lecturer,  … teacher,  … tutor (esp. BrE)

He's an English teacher at Orange Road School.

a … professor, (a) professor of … 

She's professor of linguistics at MIT.

the study of … 

The study of philosophy helps you to think critically.

in … 

He got As in history and art.

adj. subject to sth
1 likely to be affected by sth
be, seem
leave sb/sth, make sb/sth

His illness left him subject to asthma attacks.

frequently, increasingly

At this stage these proposals are still subject to change.

2 under the authority of sb/sth

Everyone was subject to the whim of the sheikh.

make sb/sth

All the priories were made directly subject to the abbot.


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