Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Subject and The Predicate

Every sentence consists of two parts:
(a) The Subject is a word or group of words that denotes the person or thing about which something is said. It must be a noun or a noun equivalent and may consist of any number of words.

(b) The Predicate is a word or a group of words that denotes what is said about the subject. It must contain at least a finite verb expressed or understood.
My brother
is ill.
has gone.
His name
A clever boy
My father
is known.
will act thus.
is at home.

The subject is often understood in some sentences especially in imperative ones. Thus, Go there=go you there. Sit down=sit you down. In analysing such a sentence, the subject is to be supplied.

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