using Predicate Adjectives in sentences
Every day we ask people to describe how they are feeling, saying “How are you?” The reply they give, such as “I’m fine” or “I’m a little sick today,” is a special kind of sentence that has a Predicate Adjective.
A PREDICATE ADJECTIVE is an adjectiveOpens in new window that comes after a linking verb and describes the subject of the sentence.
- 1) The mission was interesting.
- 2) Roses are red.
- 3) Violets are blue.
- 4) His fingers are tiny.
- 5) Because his underarm deodorant is prune-scented, Gary is angry.
- 6) The new solar-powered laptop computers were expensive.
These sentences all contain predicate adjectives (words in bold) and linking verbs (words in italics). As the examples illustrate, in a predicate adjective the subject of a sentence is linked with an adjective that describes the subject.
The verb that links the subject and the adjective is appropriately called a linking verb. Every predicate adjective has a linking verb. Most of the time (but not always) the linking verb is some form of the verb to be.
Now, let’s pause a bit and take a quick look at linking verbs.
|Forms of to be|
|Other linking verbs|
|seem||smell||sound (and) taste|