A predicate nominative or predicate noun completes a linking verb and renames the subject. It is a complement or completer because it completes the verb. Predicate nominatives complete only linking verbs. The linking verbs include the following: the helping verbs is, am, are, was, were, be, being, and been; the sense verbs look, taste, smell, feel, and sound; and verbs like become, seem, appear, grow, continue, stay, and turn.
The verb in a sentence having a predicate nominative can always be replaced by the word equals. Examples: Mr. Johanson is a teacher. Mr. Johanson equals a teacher. Mr. Johanson is a father. Mr. Johanson equals a father. Mr. Johanson is my neighbor. Mr. Johanson equals my neighbor.
Instructions: Find the verb, subject, and predicate nominatives in these sentences.
1. Ann is a new mother.
2. The black dog in the yard was a large Doberman.
3. The tall boy has been our best basketball player.
4. My uncle became a rich computer expert.
5. Mr. Bush may be our next President.
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1. Ann = subject, is = verb, mother = predicate nominative
2. dog = subject, was = verb, Doberman = predicate nominative
3. boy = subject, has been = verb, player = predicate nominative
4. uncle = subject, became = verb, expert = predicate nominative
5. Mr. Bush = subject, may be = verb, president = predicate nominative