How do you determine subject and predicate in questions?
2009-10-08 16:54:11 UTC
How do you find the simple/compound subject and the simple/compound predicate in a question? An example being: Should Lyn and Laura be talking now or sitting quietly? In this question, would the simple predicate be should be talking, or just be talking? I need lots of help!!!!!
Four answers:
2009-10-08 16:59:55 UTC
Well you must be borderline retarded to think this is math, but I'll bite.

Make the question into a statement. Example. Lyn and Laura should be talking now or sitting quietly.

I don't how you can manage to speak the english language without at least knowing what to do from there.
2009-10-08 17:20:53 UTC
Sentences ~ Subjects and Predicates

A sentence is made up of one or more words that express a

complete thought. Every sentences begins with a capital letter and

ends with an end mark-a period, a question mark, or an exclamation

point. A sentence must have a subject and a predicate.


The children are learning.


The subject part of a sentence names whom or what the sentence is about. It is the part of the sentence about which something is being said. [Who is learning? the children]

The predicate part of the sentence tells what the subject does or

has. It can also describe what the subject is or is like. [What are the

children doing? learning]

Although people often use fragments when speaking, complete

sentences should be used in writing for school or business.

Complete Subjects and Predicates

The complete subject includes all of the words in the subject. The complete predicate includes all of the words in the predicate.

[complete subject] [complete predicate]

The children are learning.

Simple Subjects and Predicates

Not all of the words in the subject or the predicate are of equal importance. The main word in the complete subject is called the simple subject.

simple subject: The children are learning

The simple subject is usually a noun or a pronoun. A noun is a

word that names a person, a place, a thing, or an idea. A pronoun is a word that takes the place of one or more nouns.

simple predicate: The children are learning.

The main word in the complete predicate is called the simple

predicate. The simple predicate is always a verb. A verb is a word

that expresses an action or a state of being.

Identifying the Subject

Most statements begin with the subject. However, many

questions begin with a word that is part of the complete predicate.

The subject of a sentence may be at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end. The predicate also precedes the subject in statements beginning with There is, There are, Here is, or Here are.In commands the subject is usually not stated. It is understood.

Position of the subject: Sentence at the beginning The children were complaining about the amount of homework.

in the middle Although learning is valued, the children complained about the amount of homework.

at the end There are the children.

not stated Do your homework. (You)

When you are identifying the subject in an interrogative sentence (a question) it may help to put the question in the form of a statement:

Do the children understand the homework?

The children understand the homework.

You may also simplify the task of identifying subjects by identifying

any prepositional phrases. The subject nor the main verb will ever be

a part of a prepositional phrase.

Identifying Predicates

The position of the predicate obviously varies too. While the

predicate often comes after the subject, part or all of the predicate may come before the subject.

Position of the Predicate: Sentence after the subject The children were complaining about the amount of homework.

before and after the subject Although learning is valued, the children complained about the amount of homework.

before the subject There are the children.
2009-10-08 17:03:01 UTC
The simple predicate is talking and sitting. The complete predicate is talking now or sitting quietly. The simple subject is Lyn and Laura and that is also the complete subject.

Hope this helps!
2016-04-08 10:05:22 UTC
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Yes, you're right about both. (1) "One" is the subject of the sentence, and goes with the predicate "is receiving it." ... only one is receiving it... (2) "Abusers" is the subject of a whole separate clause, and the verb there should be the plural "need," not the singular "needs." ... six drug abusers who need treatment... It sometimes helps to rewrite a sentence so that the subject-predicate pairs are closer together. Of every six drug abusers who need treatment, only one is receiving it. (Does that version of the sentence make it more clear?)

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