What Are Predicate Adjectives? (with Examples)

What Are Predicate Adjectives? (with Examples)

A predicate adjective is an adjective that follows a linking verb and modifies (i.e., refers back to) the subject of the linking verb.

A predicate adjective contrasts with an attributive adjective, which typically sits immediately before the noun it modifies.

For example:



Examples of Predicate Adjectives

Below are some examples of predicate adjectives. In these examples, the predicate adjective is shaded and the subject being modified is in bold.
  • Lee seems drunk.
  • (The linking verb is seems.)
  • Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.
  • (The linking verb is is.)
  • If you look good, you don't need a purpose in life.
  • (The linking verb is look.)
  • What can you say about a society which says that God is dead, and Elvis is alive?
  • (In both cases, the linking verb is is.)

See Also

What is a predicate? What is the predicate nominative? What is an adjective? What is a linking verb? What does 'modify' mean? What is a subject of a verb? Glossary of grammatical terms