What Is a Predicate?
A predicate also includes any words that describe the ____________ itself.
Hello, my name is Rebecca Blomker and I used to teach AP English before I chose to home-educate my sons. Today we are going to talk about what is a predicate on About.com.The predicate of a sentence is the main verb and any helping verbs that go along with it. And the predicate of a sentence serves to describe and show us something, tell us something about the subject of the sentence. Let me give you an example of the most simple you could have.Let's take the sentence "Micah yelled." You have the subject, Micah, and the predicate, yelled. Yelled is the main verb that desrcibes something that Micah did. Or "Josiah ran." Subject Josiah, simple predicate or main verb, ran. But a predicate also includes any words that describe the verb itself. So let's take another sentence. Micah yelled loudly at his little brother. So you have the subject, Micah, and the full predicate is "yelled loudly at his little brother," because that all describes the predicate, the main verb, yelling.Now your predicate can also be what we call a compound predicate. In other words, you can have one subject with two main verbs that are describing that same subject. So let's look at an example: Micah yelled at his little brother and told him not to run into the street. So you have the one subject, Micah. But then you also have "he yelled" and "he told." So two different verbs and two different predicates describing the same subject. Thank you for watching, and for more information on grammar, check us out on the web at About.com.