Subject and Predicate


What is the subject and predicate for this sentence? Is the subject "a large tree" and the predicate would be "there was"  ?


"Across the road there was a large tree which was very beautiful."

subject predicate asked Dec 16 '13 at 14:43 sali New member

2 answers


Across a road is a prepositional phrase. Which was very beautiful is an adjective clause modifying a noun tree.

Tree is a noun modified by an adjective large and "a" is an article also works as an adjective.

There was is not a subject of a sentence. It is called expletive which serves a functioon, but it does not have any meaning. Some authors say that if you begin a sentence with an expletive, it  becomes vague and wordy.

link answered Dec 16 '13 at 15:58 Sanjay Expert

But what is the subject and predicate?

saliDec 16 '13 at 16:04

add comment

The simple subject is 'tree', and the simple predicate is 'was'.

The complete subject is 'a large tree which was very beatiful'.  This is the simple subject and all of the words that modify it.

The complete predicate is 'was' and 'across the road'.


Across the road, there was a large tree, which was very beautiful.


It may be more clear if the sentence is written differently.

A large tree, which was very beatiful, was across the road.

link comment answered Dec 16 '13 at 20:56 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Your answer

Write at least 20 characters

Have a question about English grammar, style or vocabulary use? Ask now to get help from Grammarly experts for FREE.