Grammar Lesson: Complete and Simple Predicates
- A complete predicate is the main verb (action) along with all of its modifiers.
- A simple predicate (verb) is the main word or phrase that tells something about the subject (doer) of the sentence.
The complete predicate is italicized in these sentences.
- Each of the seven contestants will be flying to Los Angeles next week.
- The talented mechanic fixed our car yesterday afternoon.
- My sister, a hairdresser, studied hard for her state licensing examinations.
- Can you recall his name?
The simple predicate is italicized in these sentences.
- Izzy roamed the neighborhood last night.
- The students cheered loudly for our lacrosse team.
- Youngsters really enjoy that activity.
- Will he star in the school play?
Underline the complete predicate and circle the simple predicate.
- The citizens heard the blaring sirens.
- Babies were crying during the awards ceremony.
- Talented musicians give their best efforts all the time.
- An angry bystander yelled at the speeding motorist.
- Who will be chosen as this year's recipient?
- Complete predicate: heard the blaring sirens; Simple predicate: heard
- Complete predicate: were crying during the awards ceremony; Simple predicate: were crying
- Complete predicate: give their best efforts all the time; Simple predicate: give
- Complete predicate: yelled at the speeding motorist; Simple predicate: yelled
- Complete predicate: will be chosen as this year's recipient; Simple predicate: will be chosen