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  1. bad_@_grammer
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    help!

    hello I am very bad at grammer and i have a few questions!
    1. what are predicate adj and predicate nouns?
    2. what is a linking verb
    how can i remember these? do you know any tricks? because my grades are sliping and i am an A student!

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    Re: help!

    Predicate

    Linking verb (also called copula or copular verb)

    Last edited by Tdol; 12-Jan-2005 at 04:36.

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    Re: help!

    Quote Originally Posted by bad_@_grammer
    hello I am very bad at grammer and i have a few questions!
    1. what are predicate adj and predicate nouns?
    2. what is a linking verb
    how can i remember these? do you know any tricks? because my grades are sliping and i am an A student!
    In addition, here's a trick that will help you determine if the word is a predicate adjective or a predicate noun: add the word to the verb "seems". If the resulting sentence sounds OK, then it's a predicate adjective. If the sentence doesn't sound OK, then it's not a predicate adjective.

    Example

    1. She is nice.
    Test: She seems nice. (Predicate adjective)

    2. It looks good.
    Test: It seems good. (Predicate adjective)

    3. He eats bananas.
    Test: He seems eat. (Not a predicate adjective)

    Here's another test: put "very" before the word. If the phrase sounds OK, then it's an adjective, and if the phrase doesn't sound OK, then it's not an adjective:

    She is very nice.
    It is very good.
    He eats very bananas.

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