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    Subject and predicate?

    " She is beautiful," said the girl.

    WHich is the subject and the predicate?

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    Re: Subject and predicate?

    Correct me if I'm wrong but in this sentence the subject is "she" and the predicate is "is beautiful" (the whole thing). I guess in grammar they call it the compound nominal predicate.

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    Re: Subject and predicate?

    Could it be argued that 'the girl' is the subject and 'said "She is beautiful'" is the predicate?

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    Re: Subject and predicate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yura Reiri View Post
    " She is beautiful," said the girl.

    WHich is the subject and the predicate?
    The subject in a sentence denotes the thing that the sentence is about. This sentence is about "the girl" who said something. Predicate equals sentence minus subject.

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    Re: Subject and predicate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Could it be argued that 'the girl' is the subject and 'said "She is beautiful'" is the predicate?

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    Re: Subject and predicate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Could it be argued that 'the girl' is the subject and 'said "She is beautiful'" is the predicate?

    Rover

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Teacher Rover and Member Afit have both given us much food for thought.

    (2) The answer seems to depend on which authority you choose to believe.

    YES

    (3) Dorothy said, "My mother's on the phone."

    (a) "In some respects the direct speech functions as a subordinate clause."

    (b) The direct speech seems to be a direct object [my emphasis].

    (c) On the other hand [my emphasis], we can view the reporting clause

    ["Dorothy said"} as subordinate, functioning as an adverbial.

    SOURCE: Randolph Quirk et al. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English

    Language (1985), pp. 1022 - 1023.

    NO

    (4) "You have until six o'clock tonight to make up your mind," he said brusquely.

    (a) "The parenthetical quoting expression he said brusquely may be disregarded

    in analyzing the statement You have until six o'clock to make up your mind."


    SOURCE: R.W. Pence and D.W. Emery. A Grammar of Present-Day English
    (1963), pages 142 - 143.

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