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: Find the subjects, verbs, and predicate nominatives in these sentences. Some may have compound subjects, verbs, or predicate nominatives. Some may not have a predicate nominative.
1. Abbott and Costello were famous actors and a comedy team.
2. Radio and television have become old inventions and household necessities.
3. Many neglected children become really unhappy grownups.
4. The car has been here for a long time.
5. She was a model and became a movie star.
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1. Abbott, Costello = subjects, were = verb, actors, team = predicate nominatives
2. radio, television = subjects, have become = verb, inventions, necessities = predicate nominatives
3. children = subject, become = verb, grownups = predicate nominatives
4. car = subject, has been = verb
5. she = subject, was, became = verbs, model, movie star = predicate nominatives