What Is a Predicate Nominative (with Examples)

What Is a Predicate Nominative?

A predicate nominative (also called a predicate noun) is a word or group of words that completes a linking verb and renames the subject.

A predicate nominative is always a noun or a pronoun.

Examples of Predicate Nominatives

In the examples below, the linking verbs are in bold and the predicate nominatives are shaded.

Predicate Nominatives versus Predicate Adjectives

Not everything that follows a linking verb is a predicate nominative. Remember, a predicate nominative is a noun (or a pronoun) that renames the subject. Let's take a closer look at linking verbs. The linking verbs include the following: You will notice that lots of these linking verbs will typically be followed by adjectives that describe the subject. For example: Now compare these two examples:

What Is a Compound Predicate Nominative?

A predicate nominative can be made up of more than one noun. In other words, it can be a compound. For example:

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What is a subject complement? What is a predicate adjective? What is a linking verb? What is a noun phrase? What are auxiliary verbs? Glossary of grammatical terms