The Sentence Subject And Predicate
A sentence is a grammatically independent unit of expression, made up of two essential parts called the Subject and the Predicate.
Every complete sentence has a subject and a predicate.
The Two Main Parts Of A Sentence
|The Subject||The Predicate|
|The girl dances well|
The girl is a subject and dances well is the predicate. If I come up to you and say “The girl”, you know that is the subject about which I wish to talk. But I have said nothing about the subject. To make a sentence I must say something about the girl.
If I say “The girl dances well”, I have expressed a complete thought and I have made a sentence.
In grammar the person or thing we speak about is called the subject. What we say about the subject is called the predicate.
Definition Of The Subject:
Subjects tell the listener and the reader whom or what the sentence is about. The subject is that part of a sentence which names a person, thing, or idea
Examples Of Subject
|The master||The teacher||Stars|
|The dog||Flowers||The sun|
|Clock||The girl||The horse|
|David||The Child||The newspaper|
Every complete subject contains a simple subject. The simple subject, which is a noun or pronoun, is the most important word in the complete subject.
|A loud argument|
|The newspaper article|
|We listened to the radio at the beach|
|Sausage and mushrooms are Leo’s favorite pizza toppings|
The predicate is that part of a sentence which tells something about the subject.
Example Sentences Of Predicate
|teaches well||eats grass||twinkle at night|
|the phonograph||shines during the day||bite the boy|
|crows in the morning||dances well||is clever|
A simple predicate (or verb) describes the action or condition of the subject or subjects in a sentence.
|always support each other|
|rarely complains about snow|
Subject And Predicate Examples
Notice how the following sentence are divided into subject and predicate:
|The teacher||teaches well|
|Stars||twinkle at night|
|Flowers||bloom in the garden|
|Dogs||like to bark and sniff|
|Active boys||never stop playing|
|The birds||always sing early in the morning|
|The horse||is white|
|The young, worried pilot||read the storm warning|
|Taylor and Charlie||played with their toys|
|The waiter||tripped and fell over the diner’s legs|