Predicate Phrase

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A predicate phrase is a linguistic phrase with a head word (typically a verb) that states something about the linguistic subject.



    • The part of the sentence (or clause) which states something about the subject or the object of the sentence.
      1. In "The dog barked very loudly", the subject is "the dog" and the predicate is "barked very loudly".


  • (Wikipedia, 2014) ⇒ Retrieved:2014-7-25.
    • There are two competing notions of the predicate in theories of grammar. [1] The first concerns traditional grammar, which tends to view a predicate as one of two main parts of a sentence, the other part being the subject; the purpose of the predicate is to complete an idea about the subject, such as what it does or what it is like. The second derives from work in predicate calculus (predicate logic, first order logic) and is prominent in modern theories of syntax and grammar. In this approach, the predicate of a sentence corresponds mainly to the main verb and any auxiliaries that accompany the main verb, whereas the arguments of that predicate (e.g. the subject and object noun phrases) are outside the predicate. The competition between these two concepts has generated confusion concerning the use of the term predicate in theories of grammar. This article considers both of these notions.
  1. See Carnie (2007:51).