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.
Predicate nominatives can be compound. Example: Mr. Johanson is a teacher, father, and my neighbor.
Instructions: List the subject, verb, and predicate nominatives in the following sentences.
1. My favorite pets were a squirrel and a rabbit.
2. Our chief crops are corn, wheat, and hay.
3. Mr. Jones is an accountant and a big game hunter.
4. The owners of the race car include Bill, Pete, and Sam.
5. My favorite holidays are Christmas and Easter.
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1. pets = subject, were = verb, squirrel, rabbit = predicate nominatives
2. crops = subject, are = verb, corn, wheat, hay = predicate nominatives
3. Mr. Jones = subject, is = verb, accountant, hunter = predicate nominatives
4. owners = subject, include = verb, Bill, Pete, Sam = predicate nominatives
5. holidays = subject, are = verb, Christmas, Easter = predicate nominatives