- to affirm or assert (something) of the subject of a proposition.
- to make (a term) the predicate of such a proposition.
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What does predicate mean?
In the sentence I ran, the subject is I. The subject is the person, place, or thing that is performing an action. The predicate in this sentence is ran and is the action that the subject is performing.
A predicate always contains a verb, which may actually be a verb phrase. In the sentence I ran away from the angry dog, the entire predicate is ran away from the angry dog. In this case, the verb ran is being modified by a prepositional phrase that says what the subject of the sentence (I) was running from.
You can also have a compound predicate, in which one subject is performing more than one action at the same time. In the sentence, My sister studies French and works at a fancy restaurant, the subject (my sister) is performing two actions (studies French and works at a fancy restaurant). In this sentence, the two predicates are joined by the conjunction and.
Some sentences can be very long and complex, as in After explaining the differences between Batman and Man-Bat, my friend spoke for hours about the long and intricate history of batty superheroes. But just remember that the predicate is everything that says what a subject is doing.
Clauses contain at least one subject and predicate but isn’t necessarily a complete sentence. For example, in I told him about the girl that I once knew, that I once knew is a clause. The clause contains the subject I and the predicate once knew.
Why is predicate important?
The first records of the term predicate come from around 1400. It ultimately comes from the Latin praedicāre, meaning “to declare publicly” or “to assert.” In grammar, the predicate declares or asserts what that the subject is (or isn’t) doing.
While a predicate often says what a subject is doing, it can also say what it isn’t doing when the verb is modified by a negative word such as not or never, as in Bill is not going to the party.
Did you know … ?
The shortest possible sentence in English contains just a predicate: Go! In this case, the subject (“you”) is not written but is understood.
What are real-life examples of predicate?
This image shows an example of sentences split into a subject and a predicate.
Predicates are taught early on in grammar education.
Ugh, trying to remember 6th grade grammar. Learning about predicates
— Teaching the Civil War (@fifer1863) September 14, 2008
Subject and predicate agreements are sexy.
— Preston “Get Vaccinated” Mitchum, he/him (@PrestonMitchum) April 8, 2014
A predicate always contains a:
How to use predicate in a sentence
Some of that will be predicated on how well its international business does give that it accounted for 15% of its second-quarter revenues despite making up almost 75% of the user base.‘We want to drive more transactions’: As e-commerce sales accelerate, more media dollars are going to Pinterest|Seb Joseph|September 30, 2020|Digiday
Globalization—the ideal of an interconnected world—is predicated on the idea that we are stronger working together than split apart.The next wave of globalization will be made possible by remote work|Jackie Bischof|September 27, 2020|Quartz
However, the busybody’s actions and activities are predicated not on what is visible but by what they imagine they are seeing, and this is where it gets dicey.BusyBodyism: The Internet Brew of Whiteness and Class|Eugene Robinson|September 26, 2020|Ozy
The rules governing the trust layer display are predicated on a very shallow “job category” to “job type” to a keyword-based ontology.A new era has arrived in local search: Google’s Local Trust Pack|Justin Sanger|September 18, 2020|Search Engine Land
Overnight, multinational law firms closed their offices, and businesses predicated on collaboration and “face time” moved their faces to video-conferencing software.How to nurture company culture when everyone’s working from home|Cassie Werber|August 9, 2020|Quartz
FRIEDMAN: I think you also laid the predicate for the Iran negotiations.
His 2004 Democratic Convention address propelled him into the national spotlight, laying the presidential predicate.
The major term is usually the predicate of the major premise and the predicate of the conclusion.
An argument that uses as a premise such a cause may predicate its effect as a conclusion with absolute certainty.
Forcing the subject toward the position usually occupied by the predicate emphasizes the subject.
Unity therefore dwells within us, and it is in us without the object of which we predicate that it is some one thing.
To predicate it of activity, would be to make it depend on things alien to virtue and the soul.
British Dictionary definitions for predicate
- to assert or affirm (a property, characteristic, or condition) of the subject of a proposition
- to make (a term, expression, etc) the predicate of a proposition
- the part of a sentence in which something is asserted or denied of the subject of a sentence; one of the two major components of a sentence, the other being the subject
- (as modifier)a predicate adjective
- an expression that is derived from a sentence by the deletion of a name
- a property, characteristic, or attribute that may be affirmed or denied of something. The categorial statement all men are mortal relates two predicates, is a man and is mortal
- the term of a categorial proposition that is affirmed or denied of its subject. In this example all men is the subject, and mortal is the predicate
- a function from individuals to truth values, the truth set of the function being the extension of the predicate
Derived forms of predicatepredication, noun
Word Origin for predicate
Cultural definitions for predicate
The part of a sentence that shows what is being said about the subject. The predicate includes the main verb and all its modifiers. In the following sentence, the italicized portion is the predicate: “Olga's dog was the ugliest creature on four legs.”