Simple Predicates

May 21, 2021

Definition: The simple predicate of a sentence is the verb that is done in the sentence. It can be the action that happens, the state of being, or the linking verb.Hint:Ask yourself, “The subject did what?” It can help if you find the subject first.

Carlos wrote a letter to his uncle. (Carlos did what? He wrote.)
My neighbor’s dog barked all night. (Dog did what? It barked.)

Hint:A verb phrase is considered a single idea; therefore, it is still a simple predicate.

Fred Mosby will be my new tutor.
The police officer had explained what happened.

Hint:Not is not a verb. Therefore, it cannot be part of the simple predicate. Be careful when dealing with contractions.

I don’t want spaghetti for dinner again.
I do not want spaghetti for dinner again.


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