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First Lessons in Maori

§ 34. Subject and Predicate

§ 34. Subject and Predicate.

—The Subject in a sentence is that of which anything is said.

The Predicate is that which is said of the Subject.


John is a boy. John runs. In both these “John” is the Subject: “a boy” and “runs” are Predicates.

The Subject and Predicate do not always occupy the same relative positions in English, for though the Subject is generally placed first, it is sometimes placed last. It will be sufficiently accurate for the purposes of this chapter to consider the Predicate identical with the most emphatic member of the sentence.

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