- Predicative (adjectival or nominal)
grammar, a predicative is an element of the predicate of a sentence which supplements the subject or object by means of the verb. A predicative may be nominal or adjectival. If the complement after a linking verb is a noun or a pronoun, it is called a predicate nominative. If the complement after a linking verb is an adjective, it is called a predicate adjective.
:"He seems nice." (adjectival predicative of the subject)
:"Bob is a postman." (nominal predicative of the subject)
:"We painted the door white." (adjectival predicative of the object)
:"They elected him president." (nominal predicative of the object)
Predicatives may also be termed "complements". Although sometimes object predicatives may be omitted leaving a well-formed sentence, in many instances they are essential to the meaning of the sentence:
:"That shrimp dish made him sick."
:"They called her a thief."
:"I consider him my friend."
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