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English Basics
Volume 3, Number 14, December 14, 1998

Simple Predicates

The predicate of a sentence is the word or group of words that tells what the subject is doing or being.

A simple predicate is a verb that meets the above requirement.

Underline the simple predicate in each sentence. The first four have been done for you.

1. Arnold never speaks to unfriendly polar bears.
2. The weather changed drastically last week.
3. Brian carefully placed the cake into the oven.
4. All our friends are at the party.
5. The sadly silly salesman sold simple Sedgwick a saw.
6. The tiny sea turtles turned instinctively toward the ocean.
7. Sometimes I almost believe what you say.
8. The crystal snowflakes fell endlessly through the night.
9. You should always count your fingers after petting his dog.
10. Who ate all my onion flavored cornflakes?
11. Joan made only one resolution for the new year.
12. They canceled classes because of the storm.
13. Michael’s report is fascinating.
14. The holiday decorations cheered the lonely man.

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