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billythecat | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 12, 2009 at 11:27 AM via web

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How do I find the complete subject and the complete predicate in a sentence? What is a compound subject, a compound predicate?

Two sentences from my homework:

The world wide disappearance of frogs disturbs and worries me.

My partner and I want to know the truth.

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 12, 2009 at 11:49 AM (Answer #1)

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The complete subject of a sentence contains the simple subject (usually a noun or a pronoun) and all the words and phrases that logically belong with it as describers.

The complete predicate of a sentence contains the main verb in the sentence and, again, all the words and phrases that logically relate to it--in other words, that "go with it."

Usually in English the complete subject of a sentence will come first, followed by the complete predicate.

"Compound" means two or more. Sometimes a sentence has more than one simple subject, which makes it a compound subject. Sometimes there is more than one main verb, which makes it a compound predicate.

In finding the subjects and predicates of a sentence, look first for the subject noun(s) or pronoun(s) to find out what the sentence is about. Then look for the verb or verbs that will follow.

Here are your sentences to use as examples"

The worldwide disappearence of frogs disturbs and worries me.

The worldwide disappearance of frogs . . . complete subject; not compound for there is only one noun, "disappearance."

dusturbs and worries me . . . complete predicate; compound because there are two verbs, "disturbs" and "worries."

My partner and I want to know the truth.

My partner and I . . . complete subject; compound because thre are two nouns, "partner" and "I".

want to know the truth . . . complete predicate; not compound because there is only one verb , "want."

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 12, 2009 at 12:09 PM (Answer #2)

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Have you ever heard this old proverb: "Give a man a fish, and he has food for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he has food for life"? If I were to give you the answers, you'd never learn anything.

You're in the 11th grade, so by now you know how to locate the simple subject and the simple predicate in a sentence. I'll use your first sentence as an example. The simple subject is typed in bold italic, the simple predicate in bold.

The world wide disappearence of frogs disturbs and worries me.

The complete subject is usually everything up to the predicate. So in that same sentence, the complete subject is

The world wide disappearence of frogs

The complete predicate is the verb and everything after it:

disturbs and worries me.

A compound subject is two or more nouns that act as the topic of the sentence. I'll use the second sentence as an example:

My partner and I want to know the truth.

The complete subject is My partner and I. The complete predicate is want to know the truth.

Likewise, a compound predicate is two or more verbs used to show the action in the sentence. The first example above contains a compound predicate.

Visit the links below for more info. If you still need help understanding how to identify compound subjects and predicates, you should ask your teacher for help.

 

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lilacmay4 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 8, 2009 at 3:06 PM (Answer #3)

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Hello, Billythecat,

The complete subjects in your sentences below are the following:   

disappearance of frogs

The world wide disappearance of frogs disturbs and worries me.

partner and I

partner and I want to know the truth.

 

 

 

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jamiecc803 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 4, 2009 at 9:53 AM (Answer #4)

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my partner and I are the complete sub. and want to know the truth are the complete pred.

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xxasheexx | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 13, 2010 at 9:28 AM (Answer #5)

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i have the same question as well..

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