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    predicate adjective

    I am really confused please help if possible. I have three sentences and I have to say which one has a predicate adjective. I think a predicate adjective exists in the three sentences mentioned below. If I am wrong please correct and explain my misunderstanding of the concept.
    1-The scientist is he.
    2-The scientist was strong.
    3-The scientist was a gerat inventor.
    Thank you again for your help.


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    Re: predicate adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by chemaliroula View Post
    I am really confused please help if possible. I have three sentences and I have to say which one has a predicate adjective. I think a predicate adjective exists in the three sentences mentioned below. If I am wrong please correct and explain my misunderstanding of the concept.
    1-The scientist is he.
    2-The scientist was strong.
    3-The scientist was a gerat inventor.
    Thank you again for your help.

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    Good afternoon, Chemaliroula.

    #2. The scientist was strong. = a so-called predicate adjective

    because "strong" is an adjective that describes "the scientist."

    The scientist is he. = predicate pronoun (because "he" is a pronoun).
    The scientist was a great inventor.= predicate noun (because "inventor" is a noun).

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    Also, it could be helpful if you wrote what was your understanding of the concept. I believe it would be easier to explain if you did.

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    And please be patient- there are many posts and it's voluntary, so please just wait for an answer.

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    Re: predicate adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by chemaliroula View Post
    I am really confused please help if possible. I have three sentences and I have to say which one has a predicate adjective. I think a predicate adjective exists in the three sentences mentioned below. If I am wrong please correct and explain my misunderstanding of the concept.
    1-The scientist is he.
    2-The scientist was strong.
    3-The scientist was a gerat inventor.
    Thank you again for your help.
    What are the predicates in the three sentences?

    - is he
    - was strong
    - was a great inventor

    Predicate adjective -- What is it? It is a verbal complement that comes after certain verbs (linking verbs). IF you take away a verb and in its vacant slot you insert an equasion mark, and if the equasion is correct, then you have a linking verb. Linking verbs subcategorize an internal complement that traditionalists call a subject complement. A subject complement can be of two types regarding its categorial status: adjective (phrase), noun (phrase)
    Let us look at the three complements:

    - he
    - strong
    - a great inventor

    he = noun, right?
    strong? Adjective!
    a great inventor? nominal phrase

    In our quest to find a pred. adj., only 'strong' deserves our attention because it is the only adj.
    Let us look at the second sentence again:

    The scientist was strong.
    The scientist = strong

    Is 'strong' predicated of 'the scientist'? Yes! --> is = linking verb; strong = adj. --> strong = predicate adjective.

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