Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: Aug 13, 2015 Views: 1710
Every complete sentence has a subject and a predicate. The subject is the element at the beginning of a sentence that performs the action:
The dog ran in circles.
I stubbed my toe.
His car would not start.
The predicate is what comes after the subject. In a simple sentence, the predicate can be just a verb (the action happening in the sentence):
In the predicate, there may also be an object (the thing receiving the action):
He kicked the ball.
In this example, he is the subject, and kicked the ball is the predicate, made up of a verb and an object.
Academic writing is often more complicated than this, but these are the essential building blocks. To have a complete sentence, a writer must have a subject as well as a predicate that contains a verb.
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