July 15, 2019

M. J. Maddox, PhD
is the American English Doctor.



All sentences contain at least one subject and one predicate.

The predicate is what is said about the subject.

Note: In the following examples, the predicate is italicized.

The main word in the predicate is a finite verb. (A verb that shows past, present, or future time is called a “finite verb.”)

The predicate may be only one word (or a verb with one or more helping verbs):

The dog ran.
The clock has struck.
I have been thinking.

The predicate may include one or more adverbs that tell more about the main verb:

The singer sang loudly.

The predicate may include phrases:

The dog lay in his bed in the corner.