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Subject and Predicate. Complete Subject and Predicate. Every sentence has two main parts, a complete subject and a complete predicate. The complete subject includes all the words that tell who or what the sentence is about, including a noun or pronoun.

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Complete subject and predicate
Complete Subject and Predicate

Every sentence has two main parts, a complete subject and a complete predicate.

The complete subject includes all the words that tell who or what the sentence is about, including a noun or pronoun.

Examples: The corner store rents movies.

This souvenir reminds me of home.


Complete subjects
Complete Subjects

Subjects can be:

  • one noun (the dog barks),

  • two nouns (called compound subject meaning more than one part – the dog and cat are making noise),

  • one pronoun (she can’t sleep),

  • two pronouns (compound subject again – he and she are both awake),

  • a phrase, or a clause.


Complete subject and predicate1
Complete Subject and Predicate

The complete predicate includes all the words that state the action or condition of the subject, including a verb.

Examples: The corner store rents movies.

This souvenir reminds me of home.


Simple subject
Simple Subject

The simple subject of a sentence is the main noun or pronoun in the complete subject. All other words in the complete subject modify or describe the simple subject.

Example: A friend of Rohan’s dyed his hair blonde.

In commands, the subject is usually not stated, but you is the implied subject.

Example: (You) Let me see.


Simple predicate
Simple Predicate

The simple predicate of a sentence is a verb within the complete predicate. The simple predicate may be a one-word verb or a verb of more than one word.

Examples: That guy dyed his hair blonde.

He will wash it out tomorrow.


Simple subject and predicate
Simple Subject and Predicate

Sometimes the simple subject or predicate is also the complete subject or predicate.

Examples: Julian dyed his hair blonde.

My mother grinned.


Compound subjects and predicates
Compound Subjects and Predicates

A compound subject is made up of two or more simple subjects, usually joined together by and.

Example: Sam and Harry scored high on the test.

A compound predicate is made up of two or more simple predicates, usually joined together by and.

Example: Madeleine turned and ran.


Subject and predicate

Directions: For each of the sentences below, identify the complete subject and complete predicate. Once that is finished, identify the simple subject and simple predicate OR compound subject and compound predicate (depending on the question).

1) Shakespeare wrote many plays.

  • The last house on the street has burned down.

  • Sally’s wallet and car keys were stolen.

  • Lester Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 and became prime minister in 1963.

  • The feisty ladies, Vanessa and Amy, went to the roller derby and bought some ice cream.


Subject and predicate

Directions: For each of the sentences below, identify the complete subject and complete predicate. Once that is finished, identify the simple subject and simple predicate OR compound subject and compound predicate (depending on the questioncomplete subject and complete predicate. Once that is finished, identify the simple subjectand simple predicate OR compound subject and compound predicate (depending on the question).

1) Shakespearewrotemany plays.

2) The last house on the streethas burned down.

3) Sally’s walletand car keyswere stolen.

4)Lester Pearsonwon the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 and became prime minister in 1963.

5) The feisty ladies, VanessaandAmy, went to the roller derby and bought some ice cream.