Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Predicate Adjective / Predicate Nominative

    Predicate Adjective (Describes subject.)

    • I am ready.
      John is happy.
      Sue is sad.


    The above sentences can be reversed, thus:
    • Ready am I.
      Happy is John.
      Sad is Sue.


    While the previous sentences are unlikely, they are possible. The predicate adjective can change places with the subject.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Predicate Nominative (Defines subject.)

    • John is a plumber.
      Mike is a vet.
      Richard is a teacher.
      Cas is a Canadian.


    The predicate nominative cannot change places with the subject.

  2. #2
    MikeNewYork's Avatar
    MikeNewYork is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    11,938
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Predicate Adjective / Predicate Nominative

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Predicate Adjective (Describes subject.)

    • I am ready.
      John is happy.
      Sue is sad.


    The above sentences can be reversed, thus:
    • Ready am I.
      Happy is John.
      Sad is Sue.


    While the previous sentences are unlikely, they are possible. The predicate adjective can change places with the subject.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Predicate Nominative (Defines subject.)

    • John is a plumber.
      Mike is a vet.
      Richard is a teacher.
      Cas is a Canadian.


    The predicate nominative cannot change places with the subject.
    How about:

    John is the plumber.
    The plumber is John.

    etc.

  3. #3
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Predicate Adjective / Predicate Nominative

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Predicate Adjective (Describes subject.)

    • I am ready.
      John is happy.
      Sue is sad.


    The above sentences can be reversed, thus:
    • Ready am I.
      Happy is John.
      Sad is Sue.


    While the previous sentences are unlikely, they are possible. The predicate adjective can change places with the subject.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Predicate Nominative (Defines subject.)

    • John is a plumber.
      Mike is a vet.
      Richard is a teacher.
      Cas is a Canadian.


    The predicate nominative cannot change places with the subject.
    How about:

    John is the plumber.
    The plumber is John.

    etc.
    Your two sample sentences do not, I think, have the same meaning. Nevertheless, I get your point.

    (Feel free to change anything in the original that you think needs to be changed.)

    :)

  4. #4
    Jennifer Nevsky is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    44
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Predicate Adjective / Predicate Nominative

    In the sentence I am a good teacher is good a predicate adjective?
    Jenny

Similar Threads

  1. Red -- predicate adjective or predicate noun? Or both?
    By Lucky in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 29-Sep-2004, 16:13
  2. Adjective Problem
    By AngelXena in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 15-Sep-2004, 12:57
  3. predicate
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 25-Jun-2004, 19:17
  4. Patterns in English (sub +verb= adjective)
    By raelynn in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 30-Nov-2003, 13:53

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk