Daily Grammar

Lesson 101

Parts of the Sentence - Predicate Nominative

A predicate nominative or predicate noun completes a linking verb and renames the subject. It is a complement or completer because it completes the verb.

Predicate nominatives complete only linking verbs. The linking verbs include the following: the helping verbs is, am, are, was, were, be, being, and been; the sense verbs look, taste, smell, feel, and sound; and verbs like become, seem, appear, grow, continue, stay, and turn. The verb in a sentence having a predicate nominative can always be replaced by the word equals.

Examples:
    Mr. Johanson is a teacher.
    Mr. Johanson equals a teacher.
    Mr. Johanson is a father.
    Mr. Johanson equals a father.
    Mr. Johanson is my neighbor.
    Mr. Johanson equals my neighbor.

Instructions: Find the verb, subject, and predicate nominatives in these sentences.

1. Ann is a new mother.

Ann is a new mother.

2. The black dog in the yard was a large Doberman.

The black dog in the yard was a large Doberman.

3. The tall boy has been our best basketball player.

The tall boy has been our best basketball player.

4. My uncle became a rich computer expert.

My uncle became a rich computer expert.

5. Mr. Bush may be our next President.

Mr. Bush may be our next President.

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