predicate adjective


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predicative adjective

A predicative adjective (or simply “predicate adjective”) is used in the predicate of a clause to describe either the subject of the clause or the direct object of a verb.
Predicative adjectives that describe the subject of the clause will follow a linking verb. In such cases, they are known as subject complements.
Predicative adjectives that describe the direct object of non-linking verbs function as object complements.
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pred′icate ad′jective


n.
an adjective that is used in the predicate with a copulative or factitive verb and has the same referent as the subject of the copulative verb or the direct object of the factitive verb, as sick in He is sick or It made him sick.
[1880–85]
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the subject/predicate (linking verb), predicate adjective pattern
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But what if the adjective is used attributively rather than as a predicate adjective following a copulative verb?
Grammar II reviews Level I concepts and expands to sentences with prepositions, adjective prepositional phrases, adverb prepositional phrases, predicate adjectives and predicate nominatives.
The remaining forms, namely 34 predicate adjectives and 21 predicate nominals will be briefly considered at the end of the section.
More concretely, for predicate adjectives, the nominative points to the 'permanent' or 'inherent' character of the property predicated by the adjective, for predicate nominals the use of the nominative indicates class-membership, which is, in some way, essential to the subject.