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I know I always turn to you for this boring academic questions but, what can I say? I'd be lost without you guys.
The thing is that I'm now studying English grammar, and I'm unsure as to what underline when I'm asked to find the complete subject. In Spanish is easy, because you only have to ask "Who does what", but in English I found this:

"In English, verbs actually have two subjects: the semantic subject, which is the doer of the verb according to meaning, and a syntactical subject, which is what the verb agrees with, and it determines which case a pronoun gets. In most cases, they are identical. For example, in the sentence: I edit articles, "I" is the semantic subject because I actually am editing letters, and I is the syntactical subject because the verb agrees with it. However, in the sentence: Articles are edited by me, "articles" is the syntactical subject because the verb agrees with it. "Articles" is still the semantic object. "Me" is the syntactical object because it is in the accusative case, but it is still the semantic subject because I, not articles, am doing the editing."

I don't understand this pretty well, and my teacher is an ass who wouldn't be able to explain this to anyone for her life, much less her own students. Yes, I need a good explanation to survive the first test. Can anyone help me?

PS: Forgive my babbling.
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