Off topic: Difference between \'predicate nominative\' and \'direct object\'
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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Apr 22, 2003

Hello proZians,

I\'m having a really hard time trying to undestand the difference between those two concepts.

I know that the \'predicate nominative\' is a noun or pronoun used as a subject complement. So I understand that when the \'direct object\' is a noun then it is also a \'predicate nominative\'. Am I right here?


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Marijke Mayer  Identity Verified
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See the following hits for good explanations Apr 22, 2003

I did a Google hit on\'predicate nominative and direct object\'

Good luck,


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The direct object is the receiver of the action indicated by the verb (predicate) Apr 22, 2003

In the sentence, \"I read a book\", book is the direct object. It does not revert back to the subject.

Compare with the definition of a predicate nominative: A predicate nominative is a noun or pronoun that follows a linking verb and identifies the subject. For example, the following sentence contains a predicate nominative: Nora is the coach.

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Jane Lamb-Ruiz  Identity Verified
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Examples help Apr 22, 2003

direct object (of an \"action\" verb) Something is done to a person or thing by the verb: the action verb

The boy hit the tree with a bat.

answer question:WHAT did he hit?

THE tree=direct object

When a man loves a woman, he can do wrong...

answer question: Who does a man love?

a woman= direct object

The dog swallowed the bone whole.

answer question: What did the dog swallow?

The bone=direct object

Ask a WHO OR WHAT question of the verb to find the object....

Predicate nominative:

The part of the sentence AFTER THE NON-action verb OR intransitive verb, USUALLY BE but also such verbs as seem, appear, looked, that link the first part of the sentence to the second by saying something MORE about the subject....

The girl in the white dress is not a hostess.

EASY ONE: you can see that HOSTESS is a restatement of girl, it is a noun and adds information about her as a noun.

Seeing is believing

HARD ONE: Seeing is a noun and so is believing and it comes in the second part of the sentence after be and restates it.

The end of the story seems a drama to me.

MIDDLING ONE: end of the story is restated as a drama after the verb seems.

Questions to ask oneself to determine predicate nominative:

Is it a predicate? Something being said ABOUT THE SUBJECT

Is is after a non-action verb?

IS it a noun itself?

Then it\'s a predicate nominative....

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