"Martin thinks he is a cat"

Martin is the subject and thinking he is the cat is the predicate, right ?

Is there ever such a thing as a sentence with "is" more than once, but only one subject and predicate ?

  • A sentence can have multiple clauses, with each clause (by definition) having its own subject and predicate. Thus you could theoretically string together an infinite number of clauses, with each optionally using "is" as its verb in its predicate. For example: "Martin IS a person who thinks he IS a cat that the dog IS happy to see." – Nonnal Nov 2 '15 at 16:44

"Martin thinks he is a cat."

This exactly equivalent to "Martin thinks that he is a cat"

'that' is a relative pronoun.

'[that] he is a cat' is a subordinate clause.

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    "That" is not a relative pronoun but a conjunction. – user140086 Nov 2 '15 at 16:19
  • Not according to this and many other websites -> chompchomp.com/terms/subordinateclause.htm – chasly from UK Nov 2 '15 at 16:34
  • Sorry I can't open the link. When you use "relative" before pronoun or adverb, it indicates there is an "antecedent" bofore it. It is its primary function to "relate" the clause to the "antecedent". There is no antecedent in the sentence. Therefore, it is not a relative pronoun. And "pronoun" itself has a specific meaning and function, too. – user140086 Nov 2 '15 at 16:38
  • Try this link. grammar-monster.com/glossary/subordinate_clause.htm - Failing that you can search online for "subordinate clause" "relative pronoun" – chasly from UK Nov 2 '15 at 16:44
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    @chaslyfromUK I dunno, bro...I've been watching you two go at it...I think Rathony might be right...I think you got truncheoned by the conjunction cop. – michael_timofeev Nov 2 '15 at 16:51

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