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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 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 subjects, verbs, 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.


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


3. Many neglected children become really unhappy grownups.


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


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



--For answers scroll down.














1. Abbott, Costello = subjects, were = verb, actors, team = predicate nominatives


2. radio, television = subjects, have become = verb, inventions, necessities = predicate nominatives


3. children = subject, become = verb, grownups = predicate nominatives


4. car = subject, has been = verb


5. she = subject, was, became = verbs, model, movie star = predicate nominatives


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