Off topic: Difference between \'predicate nominative\' and \'direct object\'
Thread poster: Claudia Alvis

Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:58
+ ...
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?


Direct link Reply with quote

Marijke Mayer  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:58
Dutch to English
+ ...
See the following hits for good explanations Apr 22, 2003

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

Good luck,


Direct link Reply with quote

Parrot  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:58
Member (2002)
Spanish to English
+ ...
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.

Direct link Reply with quote
Jane Lamb-Ruiz  Identity Verified
French to English
+ ...
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....

Direct link Reply with quote

To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

Moderator(s) of this forum
Fernanda Rocha[Call to this topic]

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

Difference between \'predicate nominative\' and \'direct object\'

Advanced search

Across v6.3
Translation Toolkit and Sales Potential under One Roof

Apart from features that enable you to translate more efficiently, the new Across Translator Edition v6.3 comprises your crossMarket membership. The new online network for Across users assists you in exploring new sales potential and generating revenue.

More info »
Protemos translation business management system
Create your account in minutes, and start working! 3-month trial for agencies, and free for freelancers!

The system lets you keep client/vendor database, with contacts and rates, manage projects and assign jobs to vendors, issue invoices, track payments, store and manage project files, generate business reports on turnover profit per client/manager etc.

More info »

  • All of
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search