What is a Predicate?

All that is said about the subject in a sentence is called the Predicate. A Predicate can be a word or a group of words.


  1. The children had a hearty laugh.
  2. The headmaster did not sign my application.
  3. Where is your new bicycle?
  4. The flood killed thousands in New York.
  5. All the roses have wilted due to heat.

The predicate essentially contains a main verb of action, state, possession, or quality. In the above examples, had, sign, be, is, killed, and wilted are the main verbs for their respective sentences.

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