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Sentences consist of two basic parts: subjects and predicates.
The subject is a word or word group that tells whom or what the sentence is about.
The predicate is a word or word group that tells something about the subject

SUBJECT                     PREDICATE 
Several birds        |     perched on the fence. 

PREDICATE            SUBJECT        PREDICATE 
Where did              | you                 | put the mail?

The Simple Predicate and the Complete Predicate

The simple predicate, or verb, is the main word or word group that tells something about the subject.

The simple predicate may be a one-word verb or a verb phrase.
A verb phrase is a main verb with one or more helping verbs.
The complete predicate includes the simple predicate and all words that modify the simple predicate and complete its meaning.

SIMPLE PREDICATE (VERB) 
  • To warm them up, the coach gave the team a pep talk. 
COMPLETE PREDICATE 
  • To warm them up, the coach gave the team a pep talk. [To warm them up tells why the coach gave the pep talk. The team and a pep talk are objects that complete the meaning of the verb.] 

SIMPLE PREDICATE (VERB) 
  • Has the mail been sorted today
COMPLETE PREDICATE 
  • Has the mail been sorted today? [Today tells when the mail has been sorted.] 

SIMPLE PREDICATE (VERB) 
  • The tide was rising. 
COMPLETE PREDICATE 
  • The tide was rising. [If no words modify or complete the meaning of the simple predicate, the simple predicate and the complete predicate are the same.]

Compound Verbs

Some sentences contain two or more verbs that share the same subject. These verbs are called compound verbs. The parts of a compound verb are usually joined by the conjunction and, but, or or

EXAMPLES 
  • The clerk has already opened the cash register and counted the money. [The verbs has opened and counted have the same subject, clerk.] 
  • Isabella bought a gift but forgot to bring it to the party. [The verbs bought and forgot have the same subject, Isabella.]

Predicates Quiz

Decide whether the underlined word or group of words is a complete predicate, simple predicate, or compound verb

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