Predicates in English Grammar

Sentence Structure

'A dog has the soul of a philosopher.' Plato's quote.Most sentences‏‎ have a subject; the Predicate is the rest of the sentence which tells us about that subject.

In these examples, the subject of the sentence is Plato and the predicate is highlighted bold.

Plato thought.

Plato was an ancient Greek philosopher.

Plato is the name of my dog.

As you can see, predicates can be a single word‏‎ or a phrase‏‎. In most cases the predicate follows the subject:

{subject} + {predicate}

My father + was a soldier.

My very first car + was a Chevrolet.

Useful Links

Phrases‏‎ in English Grammar – all about phrase: types, formation, examples.

Sentences‏‎ in English Grammar – a general look at how sentences are made in English.

SOV‏‎ in English Sentence Structure – a look at the most common structure of English sentences: subject-verb-object.

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