Daily Grammar

Lesson 104

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).

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.

Predicate nominatives can be compound. Example: Mr. Johanson is a teacher, father, and my neighbor.

Instructions: Find the verb, subject, and predicate nominatives in these sentences. Some may have compound subjects, verbs, or predicate nominatives. Some may not have a predicate nominative.

1. Abbott and Costello were famous actors and a comedy team.

Abbott and Costello were famous actors and a comedy team.

2. Radio and television have become old inventions and household necessities.

Radio and television have become old inventions and household necessities.

3. Many neglected children become really unhappy grownups.

Many neglected children become really unhappy grownups.

4. The car has been here for a long time.

The car has been here for a long time.

5. She was a model and became a movie star.

She was a model and became a movie star.

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