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. An honest man should have been the leader of the country.
2. Curt's favorite toy is his big truck.
3. Students' favorite food must be pizza.
4. The alarm must be ringing again and again.
5. My homes have been a school house, an old apartment, and a moved-in house.
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1. man = subject, should have been = verb, leader = predicate nominative
2. toy = subject, is = verb, truck = predicate nominative
3. food = subject, must be = verb, pizza = predicate nominative
4. alarm = subject, must be ringing = verb
5. homes = subject, have been = verb, school house, apartment, house = predicate nominatives