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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    When a person says "I am confusing" he is using the progressive form of the verb. When a person says "I am confused" the predicate nominative ("confused") describes the subject ("I").

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    Thanks, Mike.

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    Default Re: Help me out of this confusion!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    I was describing what we don't say to ourselves. When a student says "I am confusing" when he means to say "I am confused", we don't analyze the grammar in our head, we just hear the mistake. We need to know the grammar to correct it, though. :wink:
    Ah, I see. I had something different in my mind for "predicate nominative".
    Could you tell me what exactly "predicate nominative" is? You and RonBee have given me examples, but I still don't understand what it is, I mean, the definition of it.

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    Voice inflection! I see. I haven't payed attention to that when I hear something in English (I just have payed attention to the content and context).

    (What about the predicate nominative thing, Mike?)
    May I make a suggestion? Say:
    • I haven't paid attention.
    Strange that nothing happened when I used the SpellCheck.

    Just a typo, you know.

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    Default Re: Help me out of this confusion!

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    I was describing what we don't say to ourselves. When a student says "I am confusing" when he means to say "I am confused", we don't analyze the grammar in our head, we just hear the mistake. We need to know the grammar to correct it, though. :wink:
    Ah, I see. I had something different in my mind for "predicate nominative".
    Could you tell me what exactly "predicate nominative" is? You and RonBee have given me examples, but I still don't understand what it is, I mean, the definition of it.

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Voice inflection! I see. I haven't payed attention to that when I hear something in English (I just have payed attention to the content and context).

    (What about the predicate nominative thing, Mike?)
    May I make a suggestion? Say:
    • I haven't paid attention.
    Strange that nothing happened when I used the SpellCheck.

    Just a typo, you know.
    A predicate nominative is the noun that is the complment of a linking verb. It defines the subject.

    I am a plumber.
    I was a librarian.

    A predicate adjective follows a linking verb and describes the subject.

    She is pretty.
    He was dishonest.

    If I said there was a predicate nominative in "I am confused", I meant a predicate adjective. :wink:

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    Default Re: Help me out of this confusion!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    If I said there was a predicate nominative in "I am confused", I meant a predicate adjective.
    Ah! You meant to say "a predicative adjective", not "a predicative nominative"!

    That's why I was so confused.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Help me out of this confusion!

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    If I said there was a predicate nominative in "I am confused", I meant a predicate adjective.
    Ah! You meant to say "a predicative adjective", not "a predicative nominative"!

    That's why I was so confused.

    Thanks!
    That's because I was confusing.

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    Default Re: Help me out of this confusion!

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Strange that nothing happened when I used the SpellCheck.
    That's because "payed" is a valid word:

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=payed

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    Default Re: Help me out of this confusion!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    That's because I was confusing.
    LOL! Actually, your logic is always clear, as I told you!

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    Default Re: Help me out of this confusion!

    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Strange that nothing happened when I used the SpellCheck.
    That's because "payed" is a valid word:

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=payed

    ;-)
    I didn't know that. Thanks, Master Red5!

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    Default Re: Help me out of this confusion!

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    That's because I was confusing.
    LOL! Actually, your logic is always clear, as I told you!
    :wink:

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