Predicate Nominative Activities

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

There are many, many English grammar concepts. This lesson aims to explain one of these concepts, namely predicate nominatives, to students through engaging and informative classroom activities.

Concept Review

Predicate nominatives may sound complicated, but they are actually quite simple to both identify and use. To introduce the activities in this lesson, write this sentence on the board.

  • She is a soccer player.

Next, ask students to identify the subject (she) and the verb (is) in the sentence. Ask:

  • In this sentence, what is a soccer player?

Explain that a soccer player is the predicate nominative and write the following predicate nominative definition and examples on the board. Have students identify the subject, verb, and predicate nominative in each sample sentence.

  • A predicate nominative renames the subject and is a noun or pronoun.
    • That dog is the fastest runner. (Predicate nominative = fastest runner)
    • The twins are the best students in class. (Predicate nominative = best students)
    • After a day at the park, the toddlers were a tired bunch. (Predicate nominative = tired bunch)

You'll also want to explain that predicate nominatives can be part of noun phrases that include adjectives such as fastest, best, and tired, as in the examples above.

After your students feel comfortable identifying predicate nominatives, reinforce their growing knowledge with the activities that follow.

Simple Predicates

This simple activity will help younger students practice using predicate nominatives that do not include adjectives.

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