Predicative (adjectival or nominal)

Predicative (adjectival or nominal)

In 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."

ee also

* Predicate (grammar)
* Subject complement


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