predicate nominative and predicate adjectives


In the sentence


A reliable worker she always was.


Would "reliable" be the complement (p.adj.) or would "worker" be the complement (p.nom.)?

Or would both of them be complements?


Same question for 

"Both candidates were nervous wrecks."

asked Nov 22 '13 at 22:31 sali New member

1 answer


The perspective of this question is irrelevant.

The result is a predicate nominative.


"She was a reliable worker."

Worker is a noun renaming "she" which makes it a predicate nominative.

"Reliable" is an adjective modifying the predicate, not the subject.


If you wanted a predicate adjective, you would simply say:

"She was reliable."

Now "reliable" is modifying the subject "She" and not the predicate "worker" and, as such, it has become a predicate adjective instead of a modifier in the predicate nominative.

link answered Nov 23 '13 at 03:49 Aaron Prejean Expert

How are you, sir? Where were you all these days?

SanjayNov 23 '13 at 04:24

Yay for random idiots thumbing things down which they do not understand. This is why I have left this site. By the way, my analysis is correct and concise, whoever you are.

Aaron PrejeanDec 18 '13 at 03:27

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