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posted Apr 16, 2012 14:41:33 by David

The linking verb (state-of-being verb) links its subject to a word in the predicate. The word in the predicate, so linked, is called a predicate word. The subject may be linked to a predicate noun, a predicate pronoun, or a predicate adjective. Examples:
The Haynes sisters will be models at the show. (predicate noun)
The thief could be anyone in the room. (predicate pronoun)
The audience seemed uneasy. (predicate adjective)

A word that completes the meaning of a verb is called a complement. Predicate words complete the meaning of linking verbs, and since they refer to the subject, they are called subject complements.

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[Last edited Apr 16, 2012 14:43:11]
Fernando S. Talavera, Jr.
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