Grammar: Predicative

Posted July 21, 2015 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Editing, Grammar Explanations, Self-Editing, Writing

The predicative is actually inclined to the predicate.

It simply means that words used in the predicate position are considered predicative, a word that mostly appears as an abbreviation, pred., in the dictionary to indicate that this sense of the word being defined is used in the predicate position.

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Predicative
Credit to: Chalker; Linguistics Girl
Part of Speech: Modifier
General Definition: Designates the predicate position in a sentence taken by an adjective or noun that occurs after a linking verb.
The opposite of attributive.

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Dictionary Term: Dictionaries frequently include an abbreviated “note”, [ predic. ], in definitions to indicate a modification of the term being defined.

Predicate Adjective Definition: Modifies the subject of the sentence.

Read more on the post on adjectives.

a.k.a., predicative adjective

Examples:
Legend:

  1. Green indicates the adjective
  2. Blue indicates the subject

He became mad.

The day was stormy.

The jacket is expensive.

All people should be whole in body, mind, and spirit.

Predicative-Only Adjective Rule: Some adjectives can only be used in a predicate position and include:

List of Predicative-Only Adjectives
ablaze
abreast
afire
afloat
afraid
aghast
aglow
alert
alike
alive
alone
aloof
ashamed
asleep
awake
aware
fond
unaware

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Predicate Noun Definition: A single noun or a noun phrase that renames the subject of a sentence and follows a stative or linking verb.

Read more on the Nouns post on predicate nouns.

Examples:
Legend:

  1. Green indicates the predicate noun

Edward was king.

My son became a professional soccer player.

Mary Smith may be our next president.

Predicate Pronoun Definition: Follows a linking verb and renames or identifies the subject of the sentence.

Read more on the Pronouns post on predicate pronouns.

Examples:
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  1. Green indicates the predicate pronoun

I am he.

Sara baked it.

Henry got it.

Did you make this?

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