Predicate Nominative or Direct Object?


In the sentence


Edward Taylor is the pseudonym of the writer Porter Ivies.


Is "pseudonym" a D.O. or a P.N.?

Also, is "Porter Ivies" also a complement?

asked Nov 22 '13 at 22:53 sali New member

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'Pseudonym' is a predicate nominative. The verb 'to be' does not take an object. Be careful of forms that are used as helping verbs. An example is 'He is hitting the ball.'  'Is hitting' is the present progressive tense and 'ball' is the direct object.


Porter Ivies is the object of the preposition 'of'.

link comment answered Nov 22 '13 at 23:32 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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