We are preparing a lesson plan for a college grammar class and realized that we werent sure what the subject and predicate are in this sentence.
There once was a painter named Gregory.
Could you help us please?
If there is existential, then you can replace it with the true subject, like this,
A painter named Gregory once was.
There's also something called secondary predication that you may or may not want to look into: http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/wccf...ts/kalluli.pdf
Here's a nice, easy resource: Subject and Predicate
All the best.