One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A word in the nominative case that completes a copulative verb, such as son in the sentence Charlie is my son.
- ‘No one cares if your children know what a predicate nominative is except the publishers of grammar workbooks.’
- ‘But I did notice one pattern after a little more searching: ‘the boss of’ tends to occur in predicate nominatives - that is, in noun phrases after some form of be, as in ‘You're not the boss of me’.’
- ‘Later, if you want your child to know what a predicate nominative is, there will be plenty of time for that training.’
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