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Grammar Lesson: The Nominative Case

By — John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Updated on Dec 14, 2010

Nouns and pronouns (I, you, he, she, it, we, and they, to name a few) used in the nominative case function as subjects and predicate nominatives in sentences.

    Subject examples:

      Patsy read the newspaper.
      I can assist you with the project.
      They will be doing the least favorite part of the job.
    Predicate nominative examples:
      The new champion is Tony.
      The new leader is he.
      Their choices for club leaders are you and Juanita.

Note: In all cases, an appositive is in the same case as the word it refers to in the sentence. Thus, in certain situations, an appositive is in the nominative case.

    We neighbors must rely upon one another. (Because we refers to the sentence's subject, neighbors, we is in the nominative case.)
    The witnesses are we people. (Because we refers to the sentence's predicate nominative, people, we is in the nominative case.)
    The proposal's writers, Jess and Tess, were present. (Jess and Tess are the appositives and are in the nominative case.)

Activity

Tell whether the underlined word used in the nominative case is a subject (S), predicate nominative (PN), or appositive (A). Write the corresponding letter(s) on the line before the sentence.

  1. ____ They will furnish their new apartment soon.
  2. ____ It was he who found your necklace.
  3. ____ She is the first born in her family.
  4. ____ The newest employees are we.
  5. ____ The performers, we pianists, have much practice ahead of us.

Answers

  1. S
  2. PN
  3. S
  4. PN
  5. A
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