A predicate is the completer of a sentence. The subject names the “do-er” or “be-er” of the sentence; the predicate does the rest of the work. It is made up of the verb and object(s) remaining in the sentence so the sentence is complete. Predicates can be both simple and compound.
A simple predicate consists of only a verb, verb string, or compound verb. Consider the examples of each below (verbs in italics):
|The glacier melted.|
|The glacier has been melting.|
|The glacier melted, broke apart, and slipped into the sea.|
A compound predicate consists of two (or more) such predicates connected:
- The glacier began to slip down the mountainside and eventually crushed some of the village’s outlying buildings.