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predicate noun

noun, Grammar.
a noun used in the predicate with a copulative verb or a factitive verb and having the same referent as the subject of the copulative verb or the direct object of the factitive verb, as in She is the mayor or They elected her mayor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A verb should agree in number with the subject, not with a predicate noun.

  • Some intransitive verbs require a predicate noun or pronoun in the nominative case, or an adjective, to complete their meaning.

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    Rose Buhlig
  • As a predicate noun, completing a verb, and referring to or explaining the subject: "A bent twig makes a crooked tree."

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell

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