Share this entry

predicate nominative Syllabification: pred·i·cate nom·i·na·tive

Definition of predicate nominative in English:


A word in the nominative case that completes a copulative verb, such as son in the sentence Charlie is my son.
Example sentences
  • Later, if you want your child to know what a predicate nominative is, there will be plenty of time for that training.
  • No one cares if your children know what a predicate nominative is except the publishers of grammar workbooks.
  • But I did notice one pattern after a little more searching: ‘the boss of’ tends to occur in predicate nominatives - that is, in noun phrases after some form of be, as in ‘You're not the boss of me’.

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day innocuous
Pronunciation: ɪˈnɒkjʊəs
not harmful or offensive