I am having a hard time distinguishing predicate nominatives, predicate adjectives, and object of preposition. I need a couple good examples and good ways to determine if it is a Predicate nominative, predicate adjective, or object of prepoistion.

Mark K.
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ok the phrase : Also remember that predicate nominatives/adjectives are only for linking verbs and action verbs are followed by direct/indirect objects is what i needed to hear 4 hours ago....lol.... thank you so very much i am correcting my sons 6th grade home work and really got lost do to it had both questions of direct/indirect objects and predicate nouns/adjectives. I am a mom who stumbled across this forum and i am so glad if you get this message please review these two sentences that are on his paper

the directions are underline the predicate noun and circle the predicate adjective (but just name them for me please)

1. Gloria is thoughtful about other people.

2. She became an artist after several years of work.
If you have read this thread, then the answers are obvious. Hint: #1 contains a pred adj and #2 contains a pred nom.
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ok i am sorry i am a really tired mom and i just want to say if the response was to my thread then there has to be both a PN and a PA for both sentences and the more i read them and look up info online the more confused i become. I just want to be able to explain to my son what it means and why. I do think in question 1.) the PN. is other people and the PA is thoughtful. And in question 2.) the PN. is artist and the PA is several years. How far off am i? And by the way, thank you kindly for your help. My son is currently holding a D in language and i am afraid i will be of little assisatance to him, not for lack of effort though.
1. Gloria is thoughtful about other people.
2. She became an artist after several years of work.
You are half off.
In #1, thoughtful is the predicate adjective and there is NO predicate nominative; people is nothing related to your problem--it is the object of a preposition.
In #2, artist is the predicate nominative and there is NO predicate adjective; years is unrelated to your problem-- it is the object of a preposition again.

Frankly speaking, ma'am, if you are tired, you should rest. Find an upper-grade tutor for your son. Anyone who thinks that 'years' here could be an adjective should not be trying to teach our youth, even with the best of intentions. You are probably an excellent housekeeper and a loving mother. Why not rest on your laurels?
ok please remember that i am a mom and i should be in bed but i will not sleep until i know i can be certain that in the morning i can explain this to my son. I really want to thank you for your help but it didn't help. I am only saying that because there must be a predicate noun and a predicate adjective in both sentences. The worksheet says to find both. How can i explain thsi to him....I understand the pred. noun/adj in a simple sentence. The balloon is shiney red. shiney is the PA and red is the PN. because red is the color of the balloon and shiney describes the color. Is this correct and if so how can i apply this to the two sentences i provided above?
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No, that is not right. One more time. PAs and PNs must modify the subject of the sentence:

The balloon is red.-- red is a PA (a red balloon)
The balloon is shiny.-- shiny is a PA (a shiny balloon)
The balloon is shiny red. -- red is a PA and shiny is an adverb (NOT modifying balloon -- a red balloon but a shiny red)
The balloon is red and shiny -- red and shiny are PAs ( a red balloon and a shiny balloon)

The balloon is a toy. -- toy is a PN (toy = balloon)
The balloon is a red toy.-- toy is a PN and red is an adjective (NOT a PA!-- toy = balloon but a red toy).
The balloon is a shiny red toy.-- toy is a PN and red is a plain adjective (a red toy) and shiny is a plain adverb ( shiny red)
The balloon is a toy and a tool -- toy and tool are PNs ( balloon = toy and balloon = tool)

Well, at least I have learned to spell 'balloon' without looking at the keyboard.
ok thank you for your help. i will advise him to ask his teacher before turning in his work as what to do given on his work sheet it stated both PA and PN must be given for both answers and obviously he won't be able too, given there is NOT both in the sentences. And you are correct this is not my strength nor would i begin to say that it is. I am extremely thankful though and feel i have gained nothing from my efforts to understand grammer....lol.... thank goodness i have other talents... and one of them is knowing when i am in over my head. Going to rest my little head and try to forget the info that caused the head ache. thanks again....ur a saint
ur a saint
Let the Pope know, will you? I think he's still in town.
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What an extremely rude thing to say to this woman. I hope you aren't employed in a school -- notice I refrain from even calling you ANY form of educator with the horrid attitude you've displayed here -- and that you NEVER are.

The mother is teaching her son more she, and most likely YOU, could ever know.

Good job, Mom!!!!!
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