Saturday, June 30, 2012


Predicator and Predicates

A sentence can be divided into referring expressions and one predicator.
The predicator describes the state or process in which the referring expressions are involved.
a) The boat sank
“sank” is the predicator in “The boat sank” and describes the process involving “the boat”
b) The cat is in the garden
“in” is the predicator in “The cat is in the garden” and describes the state involving “the cat” and “the garden”
c) Sarah is hungry
“hungry” is the predicator in “Sarah is hungry” and describes the state involving “Sarah”

The predicators can be various parts of speech:
1. Adjectives: hungry, blue
2. Verbs: read, walk, love
3. Prepositions: in, beside, behide
4. Nouns: house, town
Word of other parts of speech, such as conjunctions (and, but, or) and articles (the, a) cannot serve as predicators in sentence.

Predicate is any word (or sequence of words) which (in a given single sense) can function as the predicator of a sentence.
Hungry, in, love, house are all predicates.
And, or, but, not are not prediates.

Predicator and Predicate
Look at this sentence below!

 A tall, handsome stranger entered the saloon

“enter” is the predicator.
tall, handsome, stranger, saloon are the predicates, and can function as predicators in other sentences, example:
a) He is handsome.
b) He is stranger.
c) That big house is a saloon.
d) Beny is tall.

-om can-
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