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    Subject Predicate of exclamation sentences

    Dear Sir,

    What a bright day it is !

    I would like to know the Subject and Predicate of the aforesaid sentence.

    I also would like to know the rule to determine Subject and Predicate of such sentence.

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    Re: Subject Predicate of exclamation sentences

    What a bright day it is!

    The subject is the dummy pronoun "it" and the predicate is "is what a bright a day". The distinguishing feature of exclamatives like this is that they have an exclamative phrase containing "what" or "how", which can be subject or non-subject:

    (1) What unpleasant people work in this place. [subject]
    (2) How strange a creature lives here! [subject]

    (3) What awful weather we're having! [non-subject; object of "having"]
    (4) How enjoyable the concert was! [non-subject; subjective predicative complement]

    An exclamative subject occupies its basic position before the verb, as in (1) and (2), while an exclamative non-subject is obligatorily fronted, as in (3) and (4). Notice how the non-subject exclamative in (3) is object of "having" and predicative complement in (4).

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    Re: Subject Predicate of exclamation sentences









    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello,

    What a great question that is!

    That = subject.
    is = (linking) verb.
    a great question = the complement.
    "what" modifies the complement ("a great question").

    Source: Paul Roberts, Understanding English (1954), page 303.


    P.S. May I make a gentle suggestion? You are a new member, so you did not know this: Please do not address the teachers as "Sir." Some of the teachers are women.

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    Re: Subject Predicate of exclamation sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Some of the teachers are women.
    So are some of the non-teachers who provide very helpful answers here.

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