Do "traditions say" or "traditions hold" or do they not have a verb and are usually the object rather than subject of the sentence?

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    Maybe "tradition dictates that such and such should be done"...
    – Anonymous
    Sep 9, 2016 at 12:25
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    @Anonymous or tradition requires ...
    – bib
    Sep 9, 2016 at 13:05
  • If you're making tradition do something, you're anthropomorphizing it (which is perfectly fine) and you can use pretty much any verb. Sep 9, 2016 at 20:03

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I think it is mostly used as the subject and predicate nominative in a sentence.

This tradition is one found among the peoples of Asia.

There are many, many traditions found all over the world [subject]. Local traditions, are probably the most widely known to those living in a community [subject]. They try to stop certain traditions in many countries because the leaders believe they are no longer relative to the people at large [direct object of the verb "stop" in the infinitive phrase/subject of dependent clause]. However, they, the traditions, still persist [subject/appositive]. This last ceremony officially ends the local tradition of putting flowers on the graves of children when spring arrives [direct object].

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