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In the sentence "I just saw her," is "just saw" or "saw" the simple predicate? (and a bonus question about predicates)

Based on my reading, the simple predicate only includes the verb or verb phrase, while the complete predicate includes the verb or verb phrase plus all of its modifiers. With that in mind, would "...
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Predicate Transfer

I encountered the term predicate transfer at first in a brief and rather clumsy wikipedia entry, where although the title makes semantic sense, and I would be confident to guess its meaning as a term, ...
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These children's favorite indoor game is chess- what is the subject here

Identify the subject and predicate in the sentence These children's favorite indoor game is chess
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What grammatical roles do infinitives and participles assume when used predicatively?

A non-academic grammar site I was reading says: A linking verb will always be completed by an adjective (a predicate adjective) or a noun (a predicate nominative). ... A linking verb can only be ...
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What kind of grammar explains the common string "Let us"? [duplicate]

What kind of the grammar is shown by the group of two words "let us"? Is it a phrase or a predicate or a clause ... or something else?
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A sentence without a predicate in the middle of narrative given in past tense

From William Gibson’s debut 1984 science-fiction novel, Neuromancer: Crossing the arcade to stand beside her, high on the deal he’d made, he saw her glance up. Gray eyes rimmed with smudged black ...
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Can a Noun or Noun phrase ever be Secondary Predicate complement or adjunct?

1 She drank the coffee [hot] - adjective The winter froze the Lake [solid]-adjective Sam painted the wall [green] - adjective The boy delivered the package [wet] - adjective She sells them [new] - ...
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What is the subject of the sentence "wherever she lives is where I am destined to be"?

Here are a few options: She: 'She' is the subject of the verb 'lives'. I: 'I' is the subject of the verb 'am'. Wherever she lives: 'Wherever she lives' is the subject of the verb 'is'. Where I am ...
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Is it possible to have a "noun or noun phrase" as object/subject complement in "Depictive or Resultative" construction?

A sentence containing ditransitive verb can have two objects. In the ditransitive verbs a subcategory, as it is described in some of the articles, usually called "Attributive ditransitive verbs&...
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What is the subject in the following sentence? This is the book I wanted

This is the book I wanted. In this sentence, is 'this' the formal subject and 'book' the real Subject?
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Subject and predicate exchange?

Why can we say "he is a student" , but not "a student is him". Also, "he is the best student" and "the best student is him". Both sounds good?
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What is the 'predicate' in the sentence 'Frank has been studying syntax lately.'

Certainly the content verb is viewed as the (core of) the predicate. but I am curious about the auxiliary verbs. Should they be included in the main predicate? In other words, is the main predicate in ...
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Conjunction after "such that"

I am writing a mathematical paper. Consider a sentence like the following: "we choose a function F such that formula (1) holds and the quantity F(x) is complex" It seems to me that the sentence is a ...
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only linking verbs with predicate adjectives and nominatives?

Can only linking verbs have predicate adjectives and predicate nominatives as complements? If action verbs can have predicates as well then it would be really helpful to me if you could please share ...
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They're good fun, and I absolutely enjoy to live with them."

I am taking a practice English test for immigration to Canada. I should note that I am a native English speaker from the United States. During one of the "writing" practice tests, a section appeared ...
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When whoever vs. whomever fails the he/him test [duplicate]

The following example fails the he/him test for whoever/whomever: Please give the key to whoever needs to open that cabinet. Give the key to him or he? Give the key to him. However, when asking ...
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what is the subject of last clause?

what is the subject of last clause ? But shrinking the band gaps of such materials just that little bit further, to the point where a brilliant red is reflected instead, has so far proved beyond their ...
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What adjectives can be used as adverbs? [duplicate]

Are the following sentences acceptable to native speakers? I want it so bad. The children grew up happy and healthy. Jimmy works hard. He followed her quick. What adjectives can be used as adverbs? ...
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Is it correct to say that this element is both part of the predicate and is a complex subject?

"He was seen running down the street." Is it correct to say that "running down the street" fulfills the predicate while also being part of the subject, a complex subject?
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Complex object grammar and other things [closed]

I've seen a number of different phrases in different books describing the action of closing a door, and I'm not quite sure that I fully understand the grammar behind them. For example: (1) [He] ...
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Clarity in sentence usage regarding subject and predicate

Allen's friend bought a bag for his girlfriend on her birthday. The next time he meets her, she has the same bag with her. He compliments the bag and asks her, "where did you buy the bag from?" ...
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Does a verb phrase always function as a predicate?

What is obvious is that we are choosing a new path. Does the VP (is obvious) function as a predicate? If it does, is there any situation where a VP doesn't function as a predicate? Or does a VP ...
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"Come to life" vs. "come alive"

I've heard both phrases used but would love to learn what the difference is and if one is more proper than the other. E.g. The green paint really made it come [to life/alive].
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Can a proper noun be a predicative in imperatives?

I live in a city called Kobe in the western part of Japan.  Perhaps some of you might have known that it was severely hit and damaged by the Great Hanshin Earthquake some 20 years ago.  The City, ...
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Dependent or Independent clause?

Is "The way people write has changed" an independent clause or dependent clause? In any case please explain in detail. What is the subject, verb and object if there is or if there isn't. Thanks in ...
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Functions of adjectives

It was cloudy this morning. The word cloudy in this sentence is for sure an adjective. However, what is its syntactic function? is it an: object complement adjective or a predicate adjective or a ...
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"The cake was baked." Is "baked" a past participle or predicate adjective? [duplicate]

The cake was baked. Is the word baked considered a predicate adjective? Would the word baked also be a past participle written in passive voice? I am just trying to figure this out.
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Predicate individual-level

I’ve come across one post on a website. See below; I wish my father had been rich. (Father is already dead and was poor) I am trying to understand more about predicate individual-level and do need ...
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Can a sentence have multiple predicates?

I was doing an exercise from my grammar book where one has to identify the subject and the predicate when I stumbled across the following sentence. A barking sound the shepherd hears. Now I know ...
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What are the subject and predicate in the following sentences? [closed]

1. Mercy on us. 2. Thank you, my dear friend. What are the subject and predicate in these two sentences?
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To what does Predicator refer? [duplicate]

Hello. I have been studying Arguments and Predicate when I noticed that there are two different views over Predicators: Some say that it is the main verb of the Predicate, others say that it is the ...
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"Should have been us" or "Should have been we"?

I understand that "have been" is a form of the linking verb "to be", so it can only take a predicate nominative. But saying "It should've been us" sounds better.
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Does "Predicate" includes object, complement and modifiers?

I'm currently studying the "Sentence Structure" for the English language. I've found varied information in this regard. Some sources says that the sentence consist of five components: Subject + ...
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What is the main clause here? [closed]

He has a chain [which is made of gold]. The sentence has two clauses: a main clause (italicised) and a subordinate clause (bracketed) embedded within it, each having its own subject and ...
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Compound verb in: He likes to sing and play

In the context of compound subjects and compound verbs, the subject below is he. However, the tricky thing here is the verb(s) of the predicate part. Since the first verb is likes [to sing] then the ...
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What would be the correct predicate/verb in this sentence?

All in all, every parent and every child is/are different. I know that subjects with 'every' count as singular, so in case I wanted to say 'Every parent is different', then I would have had to use '...
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What is the difference between "All" and "Only" here?

What is the difference between following sentences ? "All believers respect God" and "Only believers respect God" (Ignore any grammatical mistake, if any) I just want to know how "All " and "Only " ...
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Comma between subject and predicate (when predicate is noun clause ending in verb)

Here are a few quotes that may or may not be faithful to their authors, in which the subject is a noun clause ending in a verb followed by a comma: "What can be shown, cannot be said." "What gets ...
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Simple predicate of <get hold of>

A Simple Predicate is simply the verb or verb phrase in a sentence. Since some verbs, for example phrasal verbs, have additional words other than the "stem word" would they be considered part of the ...
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Analysis of "I woke up tired."

"I woke up tired." We have subject/(phrasal) verb/adjective. So this looks like a linking verb with a predicate adjective. ("I am tired", "I became tired", "He seemed tired"). But since when is '...
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Does "turned a bright blue" contain a predicate nominative or predicate adjective?

The liquid in the bowl turned a bright blue. Please tell me if blue is a predicate nominative or a predicate adjective in this sentence and please explain why.
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Is it possible for a sentence to have a direct object and predicate adjective?

In school, I was taught that action verbs have direct objects and linking verbs have predicate adjectives or nominatives; however, some verbs seem to use both simultaneously. For example, in "I made ...
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"Unless" in implication

While learning about implications in predicate logic I came across a conditional statement, Statement P is true implies statement Q is true is equivalent to Statement Q is true unless ...
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A question concerning the use of "as" as conjunction

It was as you said. When I first heard it, I was almost certain that it is grammatically wrong. But when I searched Google, I realized it is used frequently (at least according to the book section). ...
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Does "is" always distinguish a subject and predicate ?

"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 ...
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Subject predicate inversion due to negation

I was reading about subject predicate inversion inverted word-order... is also used in clauses introduced by a negative or restrictive clause element. In the following example, the initial ...
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"It's 20 meters thick" versus "It's a 20-meter-thick layer."

I know that both of these expressions are correct, but I'd like to be able to explain exactly why the first one is correct. Of course compound adjectives are hyphenated (second expression), but in the ...
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What part of speech is "know" in "let us know"? [closed]

What part of speech is "know" in: Let us know. "You" is the implied subject, "let" is the verb, and "us" is the indirect object. But I'm confused about "know" - what is its grammatical function ...
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Predicator vs. Predicate

BACKGROUND According to Oxford Dictionaries Online: Predicator means "(In systemic grammar) a verb phrase considered as a constituent of clause structure, along with subject, object, and adjunct....
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Predicate and Verb [closed]

What is exactly the difference between Verb and Predicate ? could anybody please tell me clearly and give each example of both ? Thank you.
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