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.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support