COMPLETE PREDICATE AND SIMPLE PREDICATE
The complete predicate consists of all the words that say something about the subject.
The simple predicate, or verb, is the main word or group of words in the complete predicate.
EXAMPLES The pilot broke the sound barrier.
Complete predicate broke the sound barrier.:
Complete predicat (verb) broke
We should have visited the diamond field in .
Complete predicate should have visited the diamond field in .
Simple predicate should have visited
In this book, the simple predicate is usually referred to as the verb.
Identifying Complete Predicates and Verbs
Identify the complete predicate of each of the following sentences. Then, underline the verb.
EXAMPLE 1. Nobody knows the creator of the flag.
1. knows the creator of the flag.
1. Scholars are unsure about the history of the Stars and Stripes.
2. The Continental Congress approved a design for the flag.
3. The design included thirteen reel stripes and thirteen white stripes.
4. The top inner quarter of the flag was a blue field with thirteen white stars.
5. The name of the designer remains a mystery.
6. During the American Revolution, the colonists needed a symbol of their independence.
7. George Washington wanted flags for the army.
8. Unfortunately, the flags did not arrive until after the Revolutionary War.
9. According to legend. Betsy Ross made the first flag.
10. Historians doubt the Betsy Ross story.